California State Lottery Officials Sued by Man Who Says Officials Destroyed His $63 Million Winning Ticket

February 5, 2016 Updated: February 5, 2016

California State Lottery officials say no one showed up with the winning ticket for the $63 million jackpot, or submitted a verified claim for the prize, by the Thursday afternoon deadline.

However, officials are investigating a number of claims—including one man who filed a lawsuit that says officials destroyed his ticket.

Brandy Milliner contends he already turned in the ticket, but officials told him it was too damaged to be processed. He said the commission even sent him a letter congratulating him for the winning ticket, saying he would receive a check in six to eight weeks, reported the Los Angeles Times.

But Milliner says he was sent a second notice later on saying the ticket was “too damaged to be reconstructed” and his claim could not be processed. Miller now wants a judge to declare him the winner.

Traverso said the lottery is looking into the claim.

“We do have some claims to investigate,” he said in an email shortly before the 5.p.m deadline. “So we can say as of right now, no one has come forward with the winning ticket. But we have had lots of inquiries and the potential for more claims.”

If none of the claims pan out, it will be the largest unclaimed prize in California Lottery history and the money will go to the state’s schools.

Lottery officials had sent out repeated calls for the winner to contact them, and media coverage ramped up as the deadline dwindled to days and then hours.

“If by some miracle you happen to find this extremely valuable piece of paper, the California Lottery urges you to sign your ticket in ink and get it to one of our lottery district offices,” a Wednesday statement said.

The SuperLotto Plus ticket was sold on Aug. 8 at a 7-Eleven store in Los Angeles. The winning numbers were: 46-1-33-30-16 and the Mega number: 24.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.