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Calif. man knew he won $1M but lost the lottery ticket

Mar 13, 2015, 2:32 pm

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By Todd Northrop

A California Lottery winner lost out on the opportunity to claim his $1 million Powerball prize after he misplaced his ticket.

The man saw news reports about himself buying the ticket in Rosemead and came forward, saying he was the winner, KABC-TV reported.  But, he said, he lost his ticket.

Because Powerball rules require the winner to produce the actual winning ticket, he was ineligible to collect his winnings, California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said.

"We believe the man who came forward yesterday was the actual guy in the surveillance footage," Traverso said," but unfortunately, in Powerball rules, you have to have a physical ticket to win."

Traverso said they had been searching for the winner of the prize money since the drawing Sept. 13, 2014.

It turns out the only winner will be the California education system.

By law, all unclaimed prize money automatically goes to California public schools.

Lottery officials had tried to identify the man and distributed surveillance video footage in the hopes of finding the winner of the winning lottery ticket worth $1,098,624.

The winning ticket was purchased Sept. 13 at Rosemead Supermarket in the 8800 block of East Valley Boulevard back in September. The ticket had all five numbers (1, 6, 16, 37, and 53), but not the Powerball number 27.

The winner had 180 days to claim the ticket, and Thursday was the last day.

The Rosemead Supermarket was still allowed to collect a $5,493 bonus for selling the winning ticket, officials said.

The California Lottery said nearly $800 million in prize money has gone unclaimed in the organization's 30-year history, with $20 million going unclaimed in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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Original Bey's avatar - Lottery-022.jpg

Member #133458
September 30, 2012
6792 Posts

Worst Case Scenario = Publicity + No Prize! Bang Head

"Do everything you can. Then, leave the rest to luck."

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    Member #52343
    May 21, 2007
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      ThatScaryChick's avatar - giphy11resized
      United States
      Member #56504
      November 21, 2007
      6707 Posts

      Yikes, that's got to hurt. Dead But people need to start putting their tickets in safe places and treat them as if they could be worth a lot of money.

      "twitter - youtube - steam - tumblr"


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        United States
        Member #60479
        April 20, 2008
        7065 Posts

        Worst Case Scenario = Publicity + No Prize! Bang Head

        True - though no one will be trying to rub up against him for good luck, lol

        "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."  Muhammad Ali

          RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
          United States
          Member #9
          March 24, 2001
          20272 Posts

          Perhaps in their search for the winner the store should have added a note.  *Unless you have the winning ticket, don't waste your time coming forward.

           * you don't need to buy every combination, just the winning ones * 

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            Santa Barbara
            United States
            Member #154767
            April 28, 2014
            95 Posts

            Sad that everyone knows he bought the winning ticket but PB won't pay him.

              dallascowboyfan's avatar - chi
              United States
              Member #82389
              November 12, 2009
              6371 Posts

              WOW that suxs.

              I Love Pink & Green 1908

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                United States
                Member #129221
                June 13, 2012
                593 Posts

                That makes things so much worse with them showing the video.  They should only put up signs in the store and advertise that a ticket bought at so and so is going to expire.  I feel bad for the guy it is bad enough losing the ticket without everyone knowing it.l

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                  United States
                  Member #124612
                  March 16, 2012
                  3713 Posts

                  Worst Case Scenario = Publicity + No Prize! Bang Head


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                    Egg Harbor twp.south Jersey shore
                    United States
                    Member #112964
                    June 29, 2011
                    4135 Posts

                    I would rather never know it,

                    in this case ignorance really would be bliss !

                    Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.


                      United States
                      Member #164719
                      March 12, 2015
                      1300 Posts

                      So, what happens if your house with the ticket burns down? Or your wallet with the ticket is stolen and the prize never claimed by the thief? Doesnt sound fair.

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                        209 Modesto, California
                        United States
                        Member #162962
                        January 15, 2015
                        40 Posts

                        That will haunt him the rest of his life

                          pickone4me's avatar - lightbulb
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                          Member #104958
                          January 23, 2011
                          1153 Posts

                          Even though it is in california,  I wouldn't want to be in that situation either.  Dude better tear the place apart looking for the ticket,  or start looking for something else and usually what you're looking for will show up.


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                            Member #162663
                            January 8, 2015
                            165 Posts

                            Wow! What a great loss.