$26M lotto ticket sold in Norwalk apparently expires after woman claims it was destroyed in laundry

NORWALK, Calif. (KABC) -- A SuperLotto Plus ticket worth $26 million sold at a Norwalk gas station last year appears to have gone unclaimed after expiring Thursday -- the day after a woman reportedly went to the gas station where it was sold and claimed she accidently destroyed the ticket in a load of laundry.

California Lottery officials said the winning ticket holder had until 5 p.m. Thursday to contact their office.

There was one caveat, however: The determination that the prize has expired is not final, as the winning ticket can be sent by mail to lottery officials with Thursday's postmark, meaning it could be received in several days.

The winning numbers were 23, 36, 12, 31, 13, and the mega number of 10.

The ticket was sold on Nov. 14, 2020 at an ARCO AM/PM located at 10602 East Imperial Highway.

According to Lottery officials, SuperLotto Plus jackpots must be claimed no later than 180 days from the winning draw date.

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That means Thursday was the last day to claim the prize. Officials asked players to check their tickets.

If the ticket did indeed expire, the prize cash value of $19.7 million will be transferred to California public schools.

There were reports that a woman came to the ARCO store earlier this week and told employees there that she had bought the winning ticket, but it was destroyed in a washing machine. There was no indication if her claim was credible and Lottery officials said she had not contacted them as of Thursday.

Officials say there are means to file a claim for a prize without the actual physical ticket, if the purchaser can provide substantial evidence of having made the purchase.

The business that sold the ticket earned a bonus of $130,000.

For details on how players can claim prizes, visit the California State Lottery's website.

The California Lottery says that over the years, it has given more than $1 billion in unclaimed prizes to the state's public schools.
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