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Calif. Lottery trying to track down big winner

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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 game on a ticket he bought at Whitley Heights Market, 1900 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood Hills.

The ticket has gone unclaimed and if he doesn't show up with it by Nov. 18, the money is funneled directly to Los Angeles schools.

If someone knows him, tell him to get to his closest lottery office ASAP. A list of offices is available on the California Lottery Web site, at http://www.calottery.com/about-us/office-locations.

The California Lottery previously used this same technique of releasing surveillence footage to identify a lottery winner a year ago, when a Palmdale woman was tracked down and was able to claim a $23 million jackpot.

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sully16's avatar - sharan
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Posted: November 6, 2013, 8:56 am - IP Logged

Hope he comes forward and claims his prize.

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    helpmewin's avatar - dandy
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    Posted: November 6, 2013, 9:28 am - IP Logged

    MAYBE ONLY he is MIA! FIGURES  Green laughCongrats mystery man hope you get there on time

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      Posted: November 6, 2013, 9:43 am - IP Logged

      It's like, don't do me any favors. Who wants to be splattered all over the place like that with people looking for you?

      What if he forgot about his ticket? What if it's in some landfill? The drawing was in MAY?

      That's nuts...but maybe he wanted to wait. So much for that, if anyone does know him, the wait approach is gone.

      Maybe he died, maybe he lost it, maybe he's in jail, maybe he is taking advantage of the time he has...hey! maybe he

      doesn't need it!

      Oh well whatever the reason the only way I'm sure he'd be happy having his mug posted is that he forgot his ticket

      was in the old coffee can above the stove. Roll Eyes

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        Jon D's avatar - calotterylogo
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        Posted: November 6, 2013, 10:00 am - IP Logged

        Let's hope he or someone he knows sees it and that he/she didn't throw away the ticket.

        I just don't understand how people can buy tickets and not check them. Or if they bought so many that it's hard to check hundreds of numbers, every store in CA that I've seen has self-check ticket scanners.

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          Posted: November 6, 2013, 10:03 am - IP Logged

          I will say it again.  If you buy a ticket and are too stupid to check it you deserve to not get the money.  The govt/no one should have the right to put out a video of you or a picture without permission.  Never, no how......

            Jon D's avatar - calotterylogo
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            Posted: November 6, 2013, 10:10 am - IP Logged

            I will say it again.  If you buy a ticket and are too stupid to check it you deserve to not get the money.  The govt/no one should have the right to put out a video of you or a picture without permission.  Never, no how......

            ..... except for suspected criminals and marathon bombers or other reasons.

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              Posted: November 6, 2013, 10:22 am - IP Logged

              Looks a little like Bill Paxton from the front.
              Also noticed that they do not mention airing the MM jackpot winner after 45 days from the Bay Area. Probably were called to the principal's office over that snafu.

              Hope he comes forward and collects.Dance


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                Posted: November 6, 2013, 11:09 am - IP Logged

                I will say it again.  If you buy a ticket and are too stupid to check it you deserve to not get the money.  The govt/no one should have the right to put out a video of you or a picture without permission.  Never, no how......

                I hate to rain on your parade of "I know my rights" but when you venture out in public places you are free game.
                You have no rights when it comes to being videotaped or photographed.
                Look at what celebrities have to endure. they don't need your permission to release your photo
                the only way to avoid it is stay inside your home.
                when you go outside you are constantly being videotaped.

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                  Posted: November 6, 2013, 12:02 pm - IP Logged

                  I have bought from this store so many times before...There is also a starbucks near by..Its 2 blocks from the famous walk of fame on Hollywood and Highland blvd in Hollywood.

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                    Posted: November 6, 2013, 12:43 pm - IP Logged

                    Since they know it's him, if he comes forward without the ticket, can he still get the money? Like say he lost the ticket.


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                      Posted: November 6, 2013, 12:48 pm - IP Logged

                      Since they know it's him, if he comes forward without the ticket, can he still get the money? Like say he lost the ticket.

                      I doubt it.
                      it's not who purchases it its who bears it.
                      he could have given it away as a gift or something

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                        Posted: November 6, 2013, 2:45 pm - IP Logged

                        Let's hope he or someone he knows sees it and that he/she didn't throw away the ticket.

                        I just don't understand how people can buy tickets and not check them. Or if they bought so many that it's hard to check hundreds of numbers, every store in CA that I've seen has self-check ticket scanners.

                        The odds of winning being what they are most players who don't check their tickets lose nothing. 

                        Some players only check their tickets if they hear the store where they bought them sold a big winner, that's one reason stores should post they sold a big winner as soon as they know to alert their customers to double check their tickets for that date.

                         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                           
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                          Posted: November 6, 2013, 3:40 pm - IP Logged

                          That neighborhood is a very tourist spot..Its possible the buyer is not even from CA..

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                            Posted: November 6, 2013, 4:11 pm - IP Logged

                            Do you really need somebody to tell you to check your tickets? Respect your tickets and check them always.

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