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$36.25 million lottery winnings yet to be claimed

By Sara Sneath
June 2, 2014 at 1:02 a.m.


The purchaser of the winning lottery ticket in Cuero still has not claimed his or her prize, according to Lotto Texas.

"We will not know the identity of the Lotto Texas $36.25 million jackpot winner until the winner claims the prize," wrote Lotto Texas spokeswoman Kelly Cripe in an email Monday.

Cripe said the Stripes store, 111 E. Morgan Ave., that sold the winning ticket Friday or Saturday is eligible for a $362,500 bonus.

The manager of the Cuero Stripes said it was company policy not to comment.

Typically, a potential winner will meet with Lotto Texas representatives to confirm their winning ticket and decide whether they want media coverage, Lotto Texas spokeswoman Myra Zamora said.

The names of winners are public record. If a winner claims the prize as a trust, then the name of the trust and the trustee would also be public record, Cripe wrote in an email.

"Nobody will speak up," said Shirley Saenz, The Longhorn Ranch Restaurant manager.

Saenz said the lottery ticket winner remained the talk of the town of about 7,000 people Monday.

"If it's anybody from around here, we would know them because so many of them come in (to the restaurant)," Saenz said. "We're still waiting to find out who's the new millionaire."

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