BARSTOW Whoever bought a $12 million lottery ticket in Barstow last spring is out of time and out of luck.

The 5 p.m. deadline came and went Thursday but no one stepped forward with the winning SuperLotto Plus ticket bought at Barstow Station in April. It's possible the person mailed the ticket to the California Lottery, said spokesman Alex Traverso. But it will only be accepted if it's post-marked before Thursday.

"We would wait for about a week to see if that comes in," he said. "But it's really doubtful at this point."

The $12 million will instead help fund California public schools.

This isn't the first time a large jackpot has gone unclaimed. In 2004 someone bought a winning lottery ticket worth $28.5 million but never claimed it, Traverso said.

Since the lottery was established 25 yeas ago about nine tickets worth more than $1 million have gone unclaimed.

The SuperLotto Plus ticket was purchased at Barstow Station Ice Cream Shoppe. The drawing took place April 24. The winning numbers were 25, 27, 39, 6, 15 and the Mega number was 17.

Champ and Peggy Sue Gabler, owners of the ice cream shop, received a $60,000 bonus for selling the ticket. Barstow Ice Cream Shoppe can also continue to claim recognition for selling a winning ticket.

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