Lottery Winner Accidently Loses $26 Million Ticket In The Laundry

Lottery Winner Accidently Loses $26 Million Ticket In The Laundry

The woman had put it in her pocket and then laundered the valuable slip of paper.

A woman had the chance of actually winning $26 million but her dreams went down the drain. A lotto winner who purchased the winning SuperLotto Plus ticket at a California gas station last year accidentally washed away her winnings with the laundry. The unidentified woman had until Thursday to claim her prize.  The manager of the Norwalk gas station where it was sold told KTLA on Thursday that footage showed a regular customer buy the ticket in November 2020. The woman in her 40s told the manager who only gave his name as Frank that the ticket had been washed away. 



The winning numbers for November 14th's draw were 23, 36, 12, 31, 13, with a mega number of 10. The woman who claimed to have the winning lottery number declined to be interviewed by reporters. According to officials if a winner loses a ticket, they must provide substantial evidence they owned it. This could be in the form of a photo or photocopy of the front and back of the ticket. When the news station reached out to California Lottery, they wouldn’t confirm or deny the existence of video evidence of the winner.

So what happens if the prize goes unclaimed? According to the state’s lottery, "The SuperLotto Plus ticket must be postmarked or received by Lottery offices within 180 days of the winning draw date. If the winning ticket is not claimed by May 13, 2021, the prize cash value of $19.7 million will be transferred to California public schools. The California Lottery gives its unclaimed prizes to public education, and since its inception, it has given California public schools more than $1 billion in unclaimed prizes."



While most lottery winners decide to keep the money for themselves, some people with big hearts end up donating their winnings to charity. Take the case of Tom Crist who hit the jackpot a few years ago. The then 64-year-old  Canadian won a whopping 40 million Canadian dollar lottery prize but decided to give all his winnings away. He did this in honor of his late wife, who died of cancer. Crist told the Canadian public radio station CBC, "I knew where the money was going to go as soon as I got that call. I just didn’t want the media, the press, all that kind of stuff. So I just kept putting it off and putting it off, and putting it off."

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Crist's wife of 33 years, Jan, died almost two years prior of cancer. He decided that the money would be placed in a trust and will be donated to charities that he and his children pick. "It’s very, very, very important," he told the CBC, as his voice started to crack, according to TODAY. "Because, you know, we lost a wife, a mom and a grandma. She beat it for a while, six years, and it finally caught up with her." Therefore it was important for Crist to donate to cancer treatment and research. "Cancer is dear to my heart because of what happened to her. This just gives me the opportunity to give back."



The businessman had just retired as the president and CEO of an electrical products and services wholesale company. The company was sold in late 2012 which Reuters reported that the deal was for $1.14 billion. "I've been fortunate enough, through my career, 44 years with a company," he told the CBC News. "I did very well for myself. I've done enough that I can look after myself, for my kids, so they can get looked after into the future. I don't really need that money."


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