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Los Angeles Area Woman Washes Dreams Down the Drain

Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Winning $26 million lottery ticket destroyed in laundry cycle

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Watch out for the rinse cycle. It's a doozy.

This lesson was sadly learned a bit too late for a Norwalk resident recently. Believed to be the owner of the winning $26 million California Lottery prize, the unnamed woman returned to an Arco AM/PM convenience store at 10602 Imperial Highway, the place she said she bought the original ticket.

The winning SuperLotto Plus ticket for the Nov. 14, 2020 drawing was about to expire, as this past Thursday, May 13 was the last day to redeem it.

As Esperanza Hernandez, a store employee, told the Whittier Daily News, a woman came into the convenience store on Wednesday and told staff there that she had put the winning ticket in her pants, then subsequently put them in the laundry. As a result, the ticket was destroyed.

The store’s manager — who would only give his name as Frank — told KTLA that the store's surveillance video shows the person who bought the ticket, and that she’s known to employees at the store. The winner of the $26 million prize would be able to take annual installments or choose a one-time lump sum $19.7 million cash payout.

According to California Lottery rules, if a winner loses a ticket, they must provide substantial proof of ownership which may include a picture or photocopy of the front and back of the ticket.

If the prize isn’t claimed, the $19.7 million will go to California public schools. The store that sold the winning ticket also benefits, and will receive a $130,000 bonus.

This It’s uncommon for large jackpots to go unclaimed, officials said.

Four prizes of $20 million or more haven’t been claimed since 1997, including a $63 million prize from 2015, lottery spokesman Jorge De La Cruz told the Los Angeles Times.

If the prize doesn’t get claimed, the one-time payout of $19.7 million will go to California’s public schools, according to the California Lottery rules.

The winning numbers for the Nov. 14 draw were 23, 36, 12, 31, 13, with a mega number of 10.

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The History of the California Lottery

The California Lottery was created in 1984, with ticket sales beginning on October 3, 1985. The first lottery was an instant game called California Jackpot. Within 24 hours of the game's release, 21.4 million tickets were sold. After only four months, sales reached $1 billion.

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The California Lottery Impact on the Economy

The sole mission of the lottery is to provide supplementary funding for California’s public schools and colleges. Since 1984, the lottery has given schools more than $37 billion.

According to statistics:

  • In California, 23,203 retailers generated $6,965,792,113 in gross sales.
  • This economic activity generated $1,698,345,219 in transfers to beneficiaries.
  • $4,476,580,353 was awarded to players in prizes.
  • 63 percent goes to salaries and benefits for educators, helping school districts fund class-size reduction programs and hire classroom aids, nurses, school psychologists and specialists.
  • 20 percent is used to purchase instructional materials for the classroom, including textbooks, classroom supplies, computers and software, library books and laboratory equipment.
  • 17 percent supports other educational programs and services.

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The Odds of Winning the Lottery

While most people dream of winning the lottery and making their financial dreams come true, the likelihood of this actually happening is dismal. The Mega Millions, a lottery offered in 44 states and the District of Columbia, and the Powerball, another nationwide contest, are the leading lotteries that get peoples' minds daydreaming of better lives.

The reality is that the odds of winning are dismal. For example, Mega Millions, which involves selecting five numbers between 1 and 70 and one number from 1 to 25, has more than 300 million potential number combinations.

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