$12 million lottery ticket bought in Barstow still unclaimed
BARSTOW • About three weeks after they bought the ticket at Barstow Station, the winner of a $12 million lottery jackpot has yet to come forward and claim his or her prize.
Champ and Peggy Sue Gabler, owners of the Barstow Station Ice Cream Shoppe, where the SuperLotto Plus ticket was purchased, will still receive $60,000 for selling the winning ticket, said Alex Traverso, a spokesman for CA Lottery. But if the winner doesn’t turn their ticket in 180 days after the winning numbers were announced, the $12 million is added to the lottery’s fund for public schools.
The state announced the numbers for the $12 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot April 24.
“It hasn’t been quite a month yet, but it’s not very often that there’s a ticket for this much money that goes unclaimed,” Traverso said. He added, however, that another SuperLotto Plus winner this year waited six months to claim his prize because of tax reasons. “If I had $12 million, I can’t imagine I would wait six months,” he said.
Because the SuperLotto Plus Jackpot and the $266 million Mega Millions Jackpot occurred close together, Champ Gabler said the number of lottery ticket buyers at his shop has increased. The Mega Million drawing took place May 4. Champ Gabler couldn’t say, however, if more people are purchasing SuperLotto Plus tickets because of the recent win.
“They buy different combinations,” he said. “Some play Mega only. Some play Lotto only. It’s across the board.”
This is the first time the Gablers have sold a winning ticket. After selling lottery tickets since 1984, Champ Gabler said he hopes this first win paves the way for more.
“We’re hoping things happen in threes as they say,” he said. “(We’re hoping) two more come through the store there and buy their ticket.”
The SuperLotto Plus ticket can be claimed at CA Lottery’s Inland Empire office at 1840 Commercenter Circle, San Bernardino, CA 92408. The phone number is 909-806-4126.
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April 24 SuperLotto Plus drawing:
Winning numbers: 25, 27, 39, 6, 15, mega number 17
Jackpot: $12 million
Bonus for selling winning ticket: $60,000 or one-half percent of winning jackpot.
Business that sold winning ticket: Barstow Station Ice Cream Shoppe