The store manager of Arco AM / PM convenience store which is located in Norwalk, a suburb of Los Angeles, Told KTLA 5 that the workers know the lady who bought the ticket and that there is video footage of the purchase in their store.
The manager said the woman walked into the store and told them she put the bill in her pocket and it went through the washer. The ticket is now destroyed.
The winning ticket was purchased on November 14, 2020, with Thursday being the last day the ticket can be redeemed for the prize.
California Lottery officials have the footage, but that’s not enough to verify the woman’s claim. Officials need a photo of the front and back of the ticket in order for one person to win without the physical ticket.
Lottery spokeswoman Cathy Johnston said the claim would still be investigated, according to l’AP.
The $ 19.7 million will go to public schools in California if the woman’s claim cannot be verified.
The lottery winner is said to have received $ 26 million in annual installments or $ 19.7 million in cash.
A bonus of $ 130,000 will also be given to the store that sold the ticket.