The winner of California’s “SuperLotto Plus Jackpot” sat on her ticket for 5 months, not knowing that she won $23 million, reports ABCNews.com.
It was only after her daughter saw her in a snapshot of surveillance video in the newspaper that she made the discovery — 25 days before forfeiting the money to California public schools for failure to claim her prize.
“We had our winner come forward and claim the $23 million prize,” confirmed California Lottery spokesperson Alex Traverso. “She said she just never checked the ticket.”
“When her daughter sent her mother a picture of the newspaper this morning, she just went back out to the car and the ticket was sitting right where she left it. Pretty amazing.”
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The winner filed her claim today and, according to officials, should be receiving her check in four to six weeks. However, it’s been a long five months for California Lottery officials who had been searching for the mystery winner, who purchased the winning ticket at Michael’s Market & Liquor in Palmdale, Calif.
Before the individual came forward, liquor store manager Ben Sadi told ABC News he remembers the day the woman bought the ticket.