$36.25 million lottery ticket remains unclaimed

Sara  Sneath By Sara Sneath

June 24, 2014 at 1:24 a.m.

Check under the car seat.

And search the paperwork cluttering the table.

More than three weeks after news spread throughout Cuero that a $36.25 million winning lottery ticket was purchased at the Stripes on Morgan Avenue, residents still do not know the identity of the new millionaire.

And neither does Lotto Texas.

"No one has claimed the prize yet," Lotto Texas spokeswoman Kelly Cripe wrote Tuesday in an email.

A winner has 180 days to claim his or her prize, Cripe wrote. Twenty-five days have passed so far.

To claim the prize, a potential winner must present the winning ticket to the Texas Lottery.

"We verify it as the winning ticket, and they are paid the prize," Cripe said.

The fact that a winner has not come forward yet is not particularly odd, Cripe said. The amount of time that lapses before a winner comes forward varies.

Despite the fact that a winner has not come forward, the Cuero Stripes store that sold the winning ticket will still receive a $362,500 bonus.

The Cuero lottery ticket matched six numbers to win the $36.25 million, the largest jackpot in four years, according to Lotto Texas.



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