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Despite publishing surveillance photos, Calif. Lottery fails to find winner

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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.

Editor:  But USA Mega does remember it happening in 2001 with a New Jersey Big Game lottery winner (see the news for June 15, 2001, on that page — the NY Times link in the story still works.)

The $465,539 prize, if not claimed, will be transferred to Los Angeles public schools.

Surveillance footage was released this month of the lucky player purchasing the winning ticket on May 22 at Whitley Heights Market, located at 1900 North Highland Ave. The ticket matched 5 out of 6 numbers.

Still, the nearly 6-month-old ticket hasn't been turned in for the prize.

Two other winners, collecting $52 million and $23 million in prizes, were contacted through the help of surveillance footage.

NBC, Lottery Post Staff

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helpmewin's avatar - dandy
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Posted: November 19, 2013, 9:26 am - IP Logged

That's totally to bad, i still feel they should put unclaimed money not won back into the pot and continue the game, but at least it will go towards Good Works.Big Grin Santa

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    Posted: November 19, 2013, 10:06 am - IP Logged

    That's totally to bad, i still feel they should put unclaimed money not won back into the pot and continue the game, but at least it will go towards Good Works.Big Grin Santa

    Yes, l agree. Mr Traverso could learn alot from reading up on the USA Mega site and becoming a member of LP...* Hey Alex, its free.
    As for the so called surveillance of the $52 mil winner, don't get me started.That act was all wrong! !!

      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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      Posted: November 19, 2013, 10:37 am - IP Logged

      Get ready for another "I was waxing the cookie jar when suddenly I noticed a piece of paper under the fig newtons..." story at the last minute.

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        Posted: November 19, 2013, 1:12 pm - IP Logged

        Dang!!!! I Hope they mailed it in by the deadline.

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          Posted: November 19, 2013, 2:03 pm - IP Logged

          Poor guy!!!  When you finally win a tangible amount from the lottery, you don't get it.  For his situation, knowing really is half the battle (the other half is having the winning ticket).   Thumbs Up

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            Posted: November 19, 2013, 2:12 pm - IP Logged

            Since the guy probably lives in California, he could of bought a little house or condo with the winnings.  Real estate is expensive in CA.  Maybe he could of made a sizeable downpayment on a bigger home.  Hope he has better luck next time, and he actually gets to cash in a winning ticket.  Bash

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              Posted: November 19, 2013, 3:21 pm - IP Logged

              Put out a $10,000.00 reward, and somebody will identify him within 24hrs. Somebody probably knows who he is, but is not talking.Evil Smile

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                Posted: November 19, 2013, 4:57 pm - IP Logged

                A sickening situation.  I won't misuse my big winning lottery ticket! Thinking of...

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                  Posted: November 19, 2013, 5:40 pm - IP Logged

                  If it had been me and I'd missed the deadline...I'd just as soon not even know...I'd be hoping I'd never find that ticket, knowing that I'd missed out on a half mil

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                    Posted: November 19, 2013, 7:37 pm - IP Logged

                    There are all kinds of what if's to these kinds of situations.  Maybe the person is deceased or incarcerated.

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                      Posted: November 19, 2013, 8:22 pm - IP Logged

                      There are all kinds of what if's to these kinds of situations.  Maybe the person is deceased or incarcerated.

                      They could also be dead or in jail, for all we know.

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                        Posted: November 19, 2013, 11:03 pm - IP Logged

                        There's a $16.66 million ticket that deadlines in Florida this Thursday.

                        If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
                        If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

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                          Posted: November 20, 2013, 7:13 pm - IP Logged

                          Put out a $10,000.00 reward, and somebody will identify him within 24hrs. Somebody probably knows who he is, but is not talking.Evil Smile

                          great idea Thumbs Up

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                            Posted: November 21, 2013, 12:07 am - IP Logged

                            When they say it's "going to the schools".

                            That's code for "it's going to the thugs of the teachers union."

                            And I would ask why should they get it?

                            That is money put in there by the players on the expectation it would be won by the players.

                            They should put it back in the jackpot or conduct a separate drawing for it.

                            If that's against the rules then they should change the rules.

                            That's the players' money, not the union thugs'.