Top five largest lotto jackpots in California that have gone unclaimed
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Chino Hills 7-Eleven store owner Balbir Atwal received his share of the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot as the ticket seller on January 14, but the ticket holder still has not come forward.
A $63 million-winning lottery ticket sold at a Southern California convenience store wound up being the largest unclaimed prize in California Lottery history.
While the lucky holder of a $528 million Powerball lottery ticket purchased nearly two months ago at a Chino Hills 7-Eleven has left us hanging — come on, reveal yourself! — you may be wondering, who else has left millions on the table in the form of unclaimed lotto tickets?
If our mysterious winner from the historic $1.6 billion multistate drawing Jan. 13 fails to come forward within a year’s time, he or she will join a not-so-illustrious crowd.
The biggest winner loser to date was the person who bought a $63 million SuperLotto Plus ticket at a Chatsworth 7-Eleven (that sounds familiar!) and then never came forward in time for the deadline last month. Oh sure, lots of people showed up at the local California Lottery office with tales of woe — it was washed with the laundry; it’s lost; the dog ate the ticket! Teachers everywhere groaned.
And none became the richer.
According to a California Lottery spokesman, here are the next four biggest jackpots left unclaimed in state history:
• The Sept. 10, 2003, purchase of a $28.5 million SuperLotto Plus ticket in San Lorenzo.
• The Jan. 8, 2000, purchase of a $25 million California Super Lotto ticket in Los Angeles.
• The Oct. 11, 1997, purchase of a $20 million California Super Lotto ticket in Moreno Valley.
• The Sept. 12, 1990. purchase of a $20 million California Super Lotto ticket in Garden Grove.
In the case of the unprecedented $1.6 billion Powerball lottery, two of the three ticket holders have come forward, most recently a Florida couple who stayed mum for more than a month. A couple from Tennessee weren’t quite as patient, revealing their entry into the highest tax bracket just days after the drawing.
The Chino Hills winner will have the option of choosing between a 30-year annuity worth $528.8 million before federal taxes or a one-time payment of $327.8 million, as the other winners have selected.
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Did you check your lottery ticket? Winner hasn’t claimed $28-million prize yet
Someone is $28-million richer but may not know it yet.
The California Lottery is looking for the winner of a SuperLotto Plus ticket, which was sold at a 7-Eleven store in National City, at 1601 E. 18th St. The ticket matched all winning numbers from Saturday night’s drawing — 3, 9, 23, 27, 35 and Mega number 16.
Though lottery offices are closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, the claim processing periods are not affected, meaning that the winner still has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the cash, according to state lottery officials.
“In order to claim a prize, winners must mail their winning ticket and claim form, or the winner may elect to keep the ticket in a secure place and present the claim in person when our nine CA Lottery District Office locations reopen to the public at a later date,” officials wrote in a news release.
The California state controller has also launched a probe into 30,000 scratch-off lottery tickets given to the audience of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
The 7-Eleven store that sold the winning ticket will receive a roughly $140,000 commission from the California Lottery. Lottery officials estimate that retailers across California have received more than $7 million per week in bonuses and commissions from the lottery based on sales levels in late March and early April.
Paul Morrow, the 7-Eleven location’s franchisee, told lottery officials while he’s not sure what he’ll do with the money, the win has helped his business during a difficult time.
“We are in a residential area and even though some stores in our area have closed, we have stayed open to serve our community,” he said in a prepared statement. “Selling lottery products absolutely helps business, no doubt about it.”
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A SuperLotto Plus ticket matching all five numbers plus the Mega number was sold in National City, Calif. The winner has 180 days to claim the prize.