Despite publishing surveillance photos, Calif. Lottery fails to find winner
Despite months of trying to track him down, a mystery Lotto player in Los Angeles didn't claim his prize worth nearly half a million dollars by the deadline Monday evening.
But there's still a chance the lucky winner will pocket the $465,539 prize, according to a California Lottery spokesman.
He could have mailed in his signed ticket to the California Lottery and as long as it's postmarked by Monday, he'll get his prize. But Lotto spokesman Alex Traverso said he's never seen that happen.
Nov 19, 2013, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum
Calif. Lottery trying to track down big winner
By Todd Northrop
The California Lottery has released images from surveillence video of a man buying a lottery ticket, in hopes that someone recognizes him before the winning ticket expires.
The man in the video stands to lose a jackpot of $465,539 that he won in May, but if the lottery can't find him in less than two weeks, he'll miss out on the payout for good.
According to the California Lottery, the half-millionaire in waiting hit five of six winning numbers in the May 22 Powerball g ...
Nov 6, 2013, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
Fresno man is $213 million California Powerball winner
A retired nuclear medicine technician from Saint Agnes Medical Center was the winner of the $213 million Powerball jackpot, the California Lottery confirmed Monday.
Carlo Mitchell, 68, of Fresno, bought the ticket at the Fast 'N Easy store at Shields and Armstrong avenues, which is a short distance from his east-central Fresno home.
In a lump sum, the ticket is worth $123.3 million after taxes. He was the only winner in the Oct. 23 drawing that got all six numbers. He selected the numbers ...
Nov 5, 2013, 9:11 am - Lottery News forum
$213 million ticket sold in Fresno is California's first Powerball winner
Somebody who likely lives in the Fresno area is in a much higher tax bracket as a new multimillionaire and California's first-ever Powerball winner.
The $2 ticket, bought sometime Wednesday at the Fast 'N Easy store on Shields Avenue in east-central Fresno, was worth $213 million, state Lottery officials said.
After taxes, the lump sum totals $123.3 million, said Alex Traverso, a lottery spokesman in Sacramento.
That kind of money could buy a couple of F-16 fighter jets, maybe the Save ...
Oct 26, 2013, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner to send sales clerk on vacation
Includes video report
The grateful winner of a Mega Millions lottery prize has promised to give $10,000 to the clerk who sold him a winning ticket so her family can take trip to their home of South Korea.
Sue Park, 54, the owner of Howards Mini Mart in Bakersfield, Calif, says Max Coronado her favorite customer comes to play the lottery three times a week, each time proposing that if he wins, they will go to Korea to start a Taco Bell together.
Of course, I thought he was just playing ...
Sep 13, 2013, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
California Lottery director resigns
The turnover at the top of the California Lottery continues with Robert O'Neil deciding to step down at the end of the day Monday after 18 months as director.
The lottery will be headed on an interim basis by Chief Deputy Director Paula LaBrie until Gov. Jerry Brown makes a new appointment, according to Alex Traverso, a spokesman for the lottery.
Brown removed Joan Borucki as lottery director shortly after his election in 2010, and the post was filled on an interim basis by Linh Nguyen unt ...
Jul 15, 2013, 5:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Single mother's simple error earns her $14 million lottery prize
At the intersection of Fate and Lotto, Thuan Le made a very fortunate error.
The California single mother of four is thanking her lucky stars after mistakenly slipping an extra dollar into the self-service Lotto machine at her local CVS store in Mission Viejo.
That superfluous dollar wound up getting Le the SuperLotto Plus ticket holding the five winning numbers 5, 33, 25, 46, 32 plus the Mega number, 26, selected randomly in the April 24 drawing.
In all, Le won a $14 million jackpot.
May 6, 2013, 1:28 pm - Lottery News forum
California family's fight over $51 million lottery jackpot is over
A year after winning the big $51 million Mega Millions jackpot, Bakersfield resident Etta May Urquhart took her son to court saying he commandeered the money and went on a spending spree.
(See Woman accuses son of taking $51 million lottery ticket, Lottery Post, May 6, 2012.)
Well, that lawsuit has now been quietly dismissed following a settlement agreement.
I checked it twice before I went outside because I couldn't believe it, Urquhart told 17 News in May 2011.
Grinning from ear t ...
Mar 28, 2013, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball coming to California
Less than 24 hours after the winning Powerball lottery numbers were announced for the largest Powerball jackpot ever, California's five-member lottery commission voted unanimously on Thursday to bring the Powerball jackpot to the state.
We have to continually offer our loyal players a variety of entertaining lottery games, and we firmly believe that Powerball is a right fit for the California Lottery, state lottery director Robert T. O'Neill said in a prepared statement. I expect Powerball t ...
Nov 29, 2012, 7:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman forgot $23M lottery ticket in car and claimed it just before deadline
A California woman who didn't know she had a jackpot-winning $23 million lottery ticket in her car has come forward to claim her fortune.
The Palmdale woman's daughter recognized her from a newspaper photo of the supposed winner, captured on the liquor store's surveillance camera.
More details about the woman's identity were to be announced Friday, lottery officials said.
She just never checked the ticket, lottery spokesman Alex Traverso told the newspaper. Her daughter took a picture ...
Nov 2, 2012, 2:03 pm - Lottery News forum