The ticket, which won a $26 million lottery in the US state of California, was allegedly washed in its owner’s trouser pocket. If the owner of the ticket cannot be found, the bonus will reportedly be transferred to public schools in California.
As the statute of limitations for the ticket sold in Los Angeles expired yesterday, the winner didn’t show up.
Esperanza Hernandez, an employee of the business where the ticket was sold, told reporters that she had won the lottery but suggested the ticket had been washed in her pants.
The business official said the woman was found to have bought tickets on surveillance video and the footage was turned over to the California Lottery administration.
Cathy Johnston, a spokeswoman for the California Lottery Administration, said the allegations would be investigated.
In the absence of the lottery’s owner, the entire jackpot will be transferred to public schools in California.