The $24.1 Million Mystery Winner Claimed
A mysterious millionaire-to-be has come forward two days before the deadline to claim a winning $24.1 million lottery ticket, NY state gaming officials announced last week.
The lucky player purchased the winning ticket at Renu Corp Grocery & Tobacco in Tribeca on May 25, 2016 and claimed their prize on May 24, 2017.
Store owner, Bobby Patel says, “I don’t remember who [the winner was]”, claiming that he didn’t see their face.
According to officials, the winner claimed the prize at a customer service center in lower Manhattan. The new millionaire said that news coverage about the unclaimed prize prompted them to check old lottery tickets. The winner found the lucky ticket just in time!
If the prize had gone unclaimed, the money would have gone back to the NY state lottery general prize pool.
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