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August 22, 2011

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August, 2011 | Media Advisories and Events | Southern California

Less Than a Month Left Until $297,000 Lottery Ticket Sold in Anaheim Expires


SACRAMENTO – It’s getting ever closer to desperation time for an unknown California Lottery player who purchased a winning MEGA Millions ticket in Anaheim five months ago. The ticket, which matched five of six numbers in the March 22 draw is worth $297,525…but for only about a month more.

So if you live in or around Anaheim and play the Lottery, or if you were passing through the area in the past five months and purchased a ticket, start searching every nook and cranny in your house, car or handbag. The winning ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven located at 103 Brookhurst Street in Anaheim. The ticket matched the numbers 14, 1, 53, 50 and 35, missing only the MEGA number of 43.

The mystery winner has 180 days from the date of the draw to claim their prize, and that 180 period officially ends September 19, 2011 at 5 p.m. At that time the ticket will expire and the unclaimed funds will be transferred to California schools.

The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their ticket, keep tickets in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible.

MEGA Millions is a multistate game, played in California and 41 other states. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 56 plus a Mega number from 1 to 46. Draw times are Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m. PST. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s MEGA Millions site for more information. 

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed a total of more than $24 billion to education.