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$23 Million Lottery Winner Forgot She Had Winning Ticket

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A woman in California nearly missed out on $23 million because she forgot that she had purchased a winning lottery ticket.

The Palmdale woman apparently left her ticket, which she purchased last May, in her car and never checked if it had won.

According to the Huffington Post, the woman may have missed out on her chance to claim the $23 million prize if it wasn’t for a photograph published in a local newspaper. The woman’s daughter saw the photo, which was taken from a security camera at the liquor store, and asked her mother if she may have misplaced her winning $23 million ticket.

Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said:

“She just never checked the ticket … Her daughter took a picture of her photo in the newspaper and sent it to her mother, she went to her car and found the ticket.”

According to the Associated Press, the lottery winner had until November 26 to claim her prize. If the winning ticket was never cashed in, the money would have gone to California schools.

NPR reports that the chances of winning the lottery are about 1 in 175 million. Of course, your chances are much lower if you never check to see if you’re holding the winning ticket.

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41 Responses to “$23 Million Lottery Winner Forgot She Had Winning Ticket”

  1. Christine Bessinger

    I cleaned out the beast and thru away my credit card. Oops

  2. Anonymous

    Uh, Dear, I think I just did something wrong.
    Yeah, honey what in the world could my Little Sugar Snap do wrong.
    Well, I bought this lottery ticket and went out to my car…
    And, what was wrong with that, Honey-Cake?
    Well-l-l-l-l-l….I kinda forgot something.
    Oh, it couldn't' be so bad, Sweet Apple Pie… tell ol' Daddy.
    Well-l-l-l it kinda got left SOMEWHERE.
    That's not so bad…. was it a 'winner' Honey Lambsy?
    Yeah-h-h- kinda like a 'winner'.
    How much Sugar Pie?
    Twenty-three million bucks…
    What you talkin' bout, Sweets?
    Ticket, I left SOMEWHERE, Twenty three million…
    WHAT… WHAT… YOU F……G IDIOT… WHERE?

  3. David McCusker

    I just saw the interview with these Moron's. The daughter tell's how she "GAVE" the ticket to her 69 year old mother because she deserves 23 Million dollars. Bullshi* , what she means to say is that she gave it to her to avoid the 45% taxes that they would take from her but not the old chick. So she has gone from broke to rich to screwing the government and the residents of Ca. in 1 swoop , I hope she voted for Romney , so he can help her protect her money and invest it wisely in some out of country business. God Love America with the ability to lie , cheat and steal with a smile and get praise for it. What an F'n mess we have here.

  4. Michael Santosuosso

    David m you would do the same friggin thing if you could avoid the big tax that would just go to a bunch of lazy.
    welfare illegal aliens anyway so shut up and your monkey obama is going to lose tuesday!

  5. Michael Santosuosso

    David m you would do the same friggin thing if you could avoid the big tax that would just go to a bunch of lazy.
    welfare illegal aliens anyway so shut up and your monkey obama is going to lose tuesday!

  6. John Lyle

    Why are they putting her picture out there in the first place? Isn't the whole point of placing a time-frame on collecting your winnings diminished? Oh, I know why…The place that sold her the ticket gets a hefty little fee for selling the winning ticket. If know one claimed it the shop owner would be out 250K. I think the schools could use that money a little more than this person who obviously didn't really give a shit.

  7. Anonymous

    This is such BS. All of a sudden a photograph was taken of her in PALMDALE walking into a Liquor Store & her daughter sees it on the Newspaper & tells her mom? Really; this lady left her lottery ticket in her car for almost a year and never bothered to check it? So because she claimed it before the deadline, now this $23 million isn't going towards our schools, it's going to this lady. Well at least she'll probably get off Welfare or Snap or any other government assistance she is receiving. Instead of the lottery since it's 1 in 175 million chance you'll win, they should invest this money in the needy things the USA needs instead of complaining we're broke. Romney is going to shit on USA and worry about the rich, worthless people. Obama is just on another level with messing up; he has done some good but it's always unsure when we "depend" or look for things to CHANGE with ONE PERSON! How does he know what is right?

  8. Anonymous

    Michael Santosuosso-"monkey obama"…You are an idiot…and a racist!! …your mom is probably your girlfriend and you live in a trailer park. I'm surprised you have internet access in your trailer park!!

  9. Anonymous

    Michael Santosuosso-"monkey obama"…You are an idiot…and a racist!! …your mom is probably your girlfriend and you live in a trailer park. I'm surprised you have internet access in your trailer park!!

  10. Anonymous

    Don't worry Michael Santosuosso judging by your name and your dark oily appearance you look like you got some monkey in you to.

  11. David Leifeste

    Why so much HATE…..HATE…….Life has become nothing but that! Is there any good left in this country?

  12. Anonymous

    and your points is that your mad because she won and you didn't ?

  13. Story Join

    Michael Santosuosso Michael Santosuosso, I don't think your friend Lance Newman would like this comment very much.

  14. Lisa Flores Hall

    Congrats to the woman and her family! May you invest, save, spend your new found winnings wisely. :-D

  15. Anonymous

    I love your hypocrisy, Mike.malave….you state the probable fact that Michael might be a racist. Then you proceed to say racist things about him. Gee, I wonder what is wrong with us?? Racists calling racists a racist??!! Go ahead and vote
    Republican or Democrat and keep following the "big business" propped two-party system, you lame sheep…Oh yeah, keep bashing each other and accomplish nothing. Thats worked real well as of late.

  16. Anonymous

    Michael Santosuosso It takes a monkey to recognize another monkey. I bet you think your really smart too uh? You silly smart monkey you…

  17. Beth DeBouck

    you know what's hilarious (sarcasm) is that I heard if she wouldn't have claimed it, the money would've been dispersed to schools. gosh, I wonder who needs the money more – a woman who hasn't cleaned out her car in months and is oblivious to the outside world or the schools. gosh, I'm so glad people got the word out so that she could have all those multiple millions. when you look at it that way, the idea of the lottery seems disgusting.

  18. Corey Cook

    Nobody thinks its unusual that this lady has not cleaned out her car in a year? I can just imagine how her new Bentley is look inside.

  19. Victor Campos

    SUCH DISRESPECT FOR THE PRESIDENTOF THE UNITED STATES!YOU BETTER BE GLAD FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT!IF THAT WAS ME ,I WOULD JAIL YOU FOR THAT REMARK!

  20. Roger DeFreese

    yahoo is full of trash buckets, white and black. go fc uk urselfs. good luck to the woman who luckily had the winning ticket from the drawing.

  21. Dreck Brown

    fuck you lame ass white boy calling him a monkey because he is black if you in my hood i put my monkey feet up your ass

  22. Susan Miller

    i think you are jealous, i dont blame i am too, but give the lady a break, dont have to be so rude

  23. Anonymous

    Well, the mystery of where all those taxed winnings go appears to finally be solved. And to think I actually believed the schools (that NEVER seem to have enough funding as it is) always got their "promised" share since the lottery was first introduced. The truth is that they ONLY get something if the prize is unclaimed by the winner. The government is just so darn sneaky….whodathunk.

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  25. SuperDomains.com

    I don't think you should highlight the person in a photograph especially when he or she wins a substantial amount of money. There are always people wanting to take advantage of these folks and photographing these folks makes it much easier for the perpertrators.