FOUND: $23 million lotto winner who purchased ticket in Palmdale

The woman saw her image in the media and turned the ticket in on Thursday (11/1) at the California Lottery’s Inland Empire office in San Bernardino, lottery officials announced.

UPDATED 11/1/12: The $23 million lottery winner saw her image in the media and turned the ticket in on Thursday (11/1/12) at the California Lottery’s Inland Empire office in San Bernardino, lottery officials announced Thursday.

A lottery official told the LA Times that the woman in the image had purchased the ticket at a Palmdale convenience store for her mother about five months ago, and her mother had put the ticket in her glove compartment where it remained forgotten for months.

The new winner will be introduced at a press conference Friday (11/2) at the California Lottery’s Inland Empire office. We will have more details Friday.


PALMDALE – Do you know the woman in this photo? If so, you may want to let her know that she has less than one month to claim her $23 million jackpot win on a SuperLotto Plus ticket she purchased from an east Palmdale convenience store.

“It has now been five long months and the California Lottery continues to look for an individual it believes is California’s latest millionaire. We believe the mystery woman (see photo) purchased her winning ticket at Michael’s Market & Liquor, which is located at 37935 47th Street East in Palmdale,” reads a press release by the California Lottery issued Tuesday.

The winner, who purchased her $23 million jackpot-winning SuperLotto Plus ticket for the May 30 draw, matched all six numbers – 14, 7, 26, 31, 23 and Mega 5 – but still has not come forward to claim her millions.

If the winner does not come forward and claim the jackpot prize by close of business November 26, 2012, the unclaimed $23 million prize will be transferred to California schools.

In an on-going effort to connect Lottery customers with their winnings, the California Lottery has begun sending out photos of apparent winners of unclaimed prizes. In FY 2011/12, a total of more than $20.5 million in prizes went unclaimed.

Michael’s Market & Liquor will still receive a bonus of one half percent, or $115,000, for selling the winning ticket. Jackpot winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim the jackpot prize. The estimated cash option amount for this ticket is $16.9 million.

If you are the winner, the Lottery wants to remind you to sign your ticket, put it in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit your local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. The nearest district office to the retail location is in Van Nuys.

All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for free by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 2, or via

(Information via press release from the California Lottery.)

  12 comments for “FOUND: $23 million lotto winner who purchased ticket in Palmdale

  1. Mrs M
    November 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    LA TIMES BREAKING NEWS 11/1/12 – She has not been identified, but has found the “forgotten” winning ticket in the glove box of her car. Good on her!!

    • November 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Many thanks for the tip! It was your comment that sent us searching for the follow-up story.

      • Mrs M
        November 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm

        You’re welcome. It’s nice to see a good ending to this story.

  2. Mr K
    November 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm


    • J. Ripper
      November 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      Now wait just a gol-durned minute here… she’s MY girlfriend too.

      • Mr K
        November 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        haha no really that looks like my girlfriend and she is going to look for the ticket after work

        • John Howard
          November 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm

          You should marry her before she finds the ticket or she might end by being your ex-girl friend.

          • J. Ripper
            November 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm

            So Mr K, was it her????? We want to know!

  3. Mrs M
    October 31, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I’d be sick for the rest of my life if I missed this one. Fingers crossed that she collects.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    MY ONE AND ONLY $OUL MATE! I 10,000,000VE YOU! LoL

    • Quigley
      October 31, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      H$larious Mr. P

  5. jules
    October 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

    omg, she looks so young! Girl you better get your money!

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