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

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

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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Member #133462
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Posted: March 13, 2015, 2:35 pm - IP Logged

Worst Case Scenario = Publicity + No Prize! Bang Head

"Everything works  ONCE!"

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    Posted: March 13, 2015, 2:50 pm - IP Logged
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      Posted: March 13, 2015, 3:08 pm - IP Logged

      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.

      "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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        Posted: March 13, 2015, 3:16 pm - IP Logged

        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

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          Posted: March 13, 2015, 3:19 pm - IP Logged

          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 more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                       Evil Looking       

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            April 28, 2014
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            Posted: March 13, 2015, 3:21 pm - IP Logged

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

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              Posted: March 13, 2015, 3:39 pm - IP Logged

              WOW that suxs.

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                June 13, 2012
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                Posted: March 13, 2015, 3:48 pm - IP Logged

                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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                  Posted: March 13, 2015, 3:48 pm - IP Logged

                  Worst Case Scenario = Publicity + No Prize! Bang Head


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                    Posted: March 13, 2015, 4:00 pm - IP Logged

                    I would rather never know it,

                    in this case ignorance really would be bliss !

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                      Posted: March 13, 2015, 4:05 pm - IP Logged

                      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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                        Posted: March 13, 2015, 4:10 pm - IP Logged

                        That will haunt him the rest of his life

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                          Posted: March 13, 2015, 4:37 pm - IP Logged

                          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.

                          Trump 2016!

                            Member #162668
                            January 8, 2015
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                            Posted: March 13, 2015, 4:38 pm - IP Logged

                            Wow! What a great loss.