Woman says $ 26 million California lottery was destroyed by laundry

Norwalk, CA (AP) — The $ 26 million California State Lottery Award winner may have literally washed away a fateful opportunity.

The SuperLotto Plus tickets won in the lottery on November 14th were sold at the Arco AM / PM convenience store in Norwalk, a suburb of Los Angeles. Thursday was the last day to redeem it.

No one did.

Clerk Esperanza Hernandez told Whittier Daily news A woman came on Wednesday and told the workers that she put a ticket in her pants and it was destroyed by the laundry.

The store manager said KTLA-TV The surveillance video shows a woman who bought a ticket, and she is known for keeping workers.

A copy of the surveillance video was handed over to California lottery officials, the manager said.

Lottery spokeswoman Kathy Johnston said the claim would be investigated.

Lottery officials say anyone who believes they are the winner must fill out a billing form. However, officials said that if someone loses their ticket, they will need to provide proof that they own the ticket, including photos of the front and back of the ticket.

The winning numbers were 23, 36, 12, 31, 13 and mega number 10. The $ 26 million prize can be received in annual installments or as a $ 19.7 million cash option.

If no prize is charged, $ 19.7 million will be sent to a public school in California.

The store that sold the ticket will receive a $ 130,000 bonus.

Officials said big jackpots are rarely uncharged.

Lottery spokesman Jorge de la Cruz told Los Angeles that he has not been charged more than $ 20 million in four prizes since 1997, including a $ 63 million prize in 2015. Times.