A California woman bought a winning $ 26 million lottery ticket in November, but accidentally put it in her pants pocket that went through the laundry room, according to a report.
The woman has not been identified, but KTLA reported that she purchased the ticket at a convenience store in Norwalk, California. The woman entered the gas station on Wednesday to explain her predicament, the store manager told the station.
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She had until midnight Thursday to claim the November 14, 2020 draw prize from the Arco AM-PM, the official said. The manager, who would only give his name as Frank, said surveillance footage showed the person who bought the ticket, the TV station reported.
A copy of that surveillance video was turned over to California Lottery officials, but the original was lost when the store recorded on it, the manager said. He described the winner as a woman in her forties.
The TV station contacted California Lottery officials to confirm video evidence of the winner, but officials have neither confirmed nor denied its existence.
If the prize is not claimed, the one-time payment of $ 19.7 million will go to California public schools, according to a press release from the California Lottery.
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Officials said if a winner loses a ticket, they must provide substantial proof of ownership, such as a photo or photocopy of the front and back of the ticket.