He bought the winning lottery number of $ 26 million but accidentally threw the ticket into the washing machine.
According to the manager of a gas station in California, the woman went to explain the situation. However, nothing could be done to give her the award.
In the United States, a woman bought a lottery ticket about six months ago, the same one that was a winner for a total of $ 26 million. Unfortunately, the ticket was mistakenly put into a washing machine along with his dirty clothes, and it ended up totally destroyed.
Tickets for the Superlottto Plus game were purchased on November 14 at a gas station in California, the site's manager assured US media outlet TLA, who identified himself only as Frank.—Whoever brought the winning ticket had to claim the prize by Thursday night.
Frank said surveillance video shows the moment the woman buys the ticket, which is known to workers at the site.
According to Frank, the woman arrived at the establishment where she bought the ticket, called the Arco AMPM, assuring her that she had bought the ticket but kept it in her pants pocket, which she later bought. Threw it in the washing machine and destroyed it, according to Frank.
The manager recommended that the woman speaks with some reporters waiting outside the gas station to see who the lucky winner had been and interview him; however, she refused to comment.
Frank also reported that he had given a copy of the surveillance video to California Lottery officials, but the original version, according to the manager, is no longer in the store. The winner was defined as a woman in her 40s.
The American media KTLA searched for the California Lottery officials to corroborate if there was a copy of the video where the woman buys the winning ticket; however, the existence of the said video was not confirmed or denied. Furthermore, they said that the video would not confirm the winning purchase of the SuperLotto Plus ticket.
Lottery officials explained that if a person buys a winning ticket and loses it, he or she must provide sufficient evidence that he or she actually owned the ticket, such as the one on the front and back of the ticket photocopy.
According to a press release from the California Lottery, if the ticket is not claimed, the one-time payment of $ 19.7 million will go to the state's public schools.
The winning numbers for the drawing on November 14, the day the woman allegedly bought the ticket, were 23, 36, 12, 31, 13, with a mega-number of 10.
The same lottery officials encouraged players to check the tickets purchased at the venue that day to see if there were any matches between the six winning numbers. However, no match was played.
Suppose the winner of the state lottery prize has appeared. In that case, they should complete a claim form that can be found on the California Lottery website at any of the more than 23,000 lottery retailers. State and district lottery offices.
Afterward, there were several ways to claim the prize, including scheduling an appointment at any of the lottery offices to do it in person or return the signed claim form and the winning ticket to the office mailbox.
If the winner of the $ 26 million prizes was unable or unwilling to attend a district office, they had the option of mailing the signed claim form and winning ticket, postmarked, no later than Thursday night.
Any unclaimed lottery prizes will be donated to California public education. To date, California public schools have received $ 1 billion in unclaimed lotteries, according to the release.