I hate stuff like this. I hate when a jackpot winner doesn’t pick up their money.
But here is another case….someone traveled through Barstow Station in April and purchased a winning SuperLotto Plus ticket worth $12 million, but he or she isn’t a millionaire yet.
OK…so where are they?
The winner has until 5 p.m. Oct. 21 to claim the prize money or that $12 million will help fund California public schools along with other lottery-related proceeds.
Once the deadline has passed, the winner can’t claim the prize money, said California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso.
We’re getting really close to the deadline for this particular ticket, he said. It’s extremely rare for a ticket of that size to go unclaimed.
The winning lottery ticket was bought at the Barstow Station Ice Cream Shoppe. The drawing took place April 24.
Check your old tickets.
The winning numbers are 25, 27, 39, 6, 15 and the mega number is 17. Ice cream shop owners Champ and Peggy Sue Gabler received a $60,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Even though it’s rare for a $12 million lottery ticket to go unclaimed for almost six months, it’s not unheard of. Last year another $12 million SuperLotto Plus ticket was sold and the winner waited until just before the deadline to claim his prize.
They wanted to let some of the attention die down a little bit, Traverso said. But not a lot of people could wait out six months to get $12 million.
It’s possible the person who purchased the winning ticket is from out of state. There are several places along the California-Nevada border that attracts lottery players from Nevada, Traverso said. One place in Nipton is known for having a lot of big winners, he said.
According to the California Lottery, the unclaimed ticket is the first winning ticket to be sold in Barstow.
We shall see what happens. I used to do some work for the California Lottery (a lot of work for them, actually), so I’ll be particularly interested in what happens.