Only 27 Days Remain to Claim $63 Million Prize
Could Become Largest California Lottery Prize Ever Forfeited
SACRAMENTO – There has been so much focus on the Powerball® jackpot, you may have forgotten that there’s still a $63 million prize that someone actually won on a ticket sold in California that hasn’t been claimed. That’s right. It’s that SuperLotto Plus® ticket sold in Chatsworth (Los Angeles County) that hit the jackpot in the draw on August 8, 2015. To date, no one has come forward to claim this ticket, leaving all those riches still sitting on the table.
SuperLotto Plus winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim. The official deadline to get that ticket into the hands of the proper Lottery personnel is at the close of business on Thursday, February 4, 2016. That is only 27 days away! If no one comes forward before the deadline, this prize will be redirected to support California public schools. It’s happened before, but never to this magnitude. The highest unclaimed California Lottery prize on the books right now is $28.5 million that was won on a SuperLotto Plus ticket sold in San Lorenzo (Alameda County) back on September 10, 2003.
The $63 million unclaimed ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven located at 20871 Lassen Street in Chatsworth. It successfully matched the numbers 46-1-33-30-16 and the Mega number 24. We don’t know if it was a local or someone just passing through. The Lottery will not know who the winner is until/unless they claim their prize. If you remember being in that area, or more specifically, actually stopping at that store around that time, check everywhere to see if you have that ticket.
If by some miracle you happen to discover that valuable piece of paper, the California Lottery urges you to immediately sign the back of your ticket in ink and keep it in a safe place until you can bring it to one of our Lottery District Offices. District Offices are open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday, excluding state holidays. The one closest to where the ticket was sold is the Van Nuys District Office, which is located at 16525 Sherman Way in Van Nuys. The phone number is (818) 901-5006.
If the winner comes forward and decides to take the lump sum amount, they will receive a one-time payout of $39.9 million before federal taxes. Otherwise, the $63 million will be spread out over 30 years.
On a positive note, the retailer still received a $315,000 bonus just for selling the winning ticket! That’s because this retailer bonus is from a separate fund. So, retailers do not have to wait for the winner to come forward to get paid. It also means the winner doesn’t have to share their prize!
The overall odds of winning any SuperLotto Plus prize are about 1 in 23 and the odds of hitting the jackpot are about 1 in 42 million.
SuperLotto Plus is California’s own in-state jackpot game. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 47 plus a Mega number from 1 to 27. The draw takes place at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento Wednesdays and Saturdays, right after draw entry closes at 7:45 p.m. PT. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased from any of the 22,000 California Lottery retailers or one of the more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky Retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s SuperLotto Plus site for more information.
And be sure to participate in the California Lottery’s SuperLotto Plus – 2nd Chance promotion. For every purchase of $1 or more of SuperLotto Plus on a single ticket you will automatically receive a SuperLotto Plus – 2nd Chance code. Enter the code at http://www.calottery.com/play/second-chance/slp-second-chance to participate in weekly draws for a chance to win cash prizes up to $15,000.
The California Lottery is a $5.5 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars from the State’s General Fund. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY 2014-15, the Lottery created 100 new millionaires. Ninety-five 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. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.