SACRAMENTO, CA – With the holiday season rapidly approaching, wouldn’t it be nice to have an extra half a million dollars sitting around to buy gifts for everyone on your list? It just so happens that’s the case for one southern California man. Nearly six months ago, he purchased a Powerball ticket that matched five of six numbers to win a prize worth $465,539.
The draw occurred on May 22, and since that time, the California Lottery has been waiting for the rightful winner to come forward and claim the prize. But he still hasn't, so the Lottery is releasing a surveillance image of the man in hopes that someone will urge him to come forward.
Last year, the California Lottery began publicizing surveillance photos of suspected winners whose valuable tickets were about to expire. So far, two winners with millions of dollars in prizes have been contacted.
If no one comes forward in this case, the ticket will expire at 5PM on Monday, November 18, 2013 and the entire prize amount will be transferred to public schools.
The winning ticket was sold at Whitley Heights Market, at 1900 North Highland Avenue in Los Angeles. The ticket successfully matched the numbers 31-35-41-9-57, missing only the Powerball number of 26.
The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the backs of their tickets, keep tickets in a safe place and visit their local Lottery District Offices as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes.