The person who bought a winning Powerball ticket at a Chino Hills 7-Eleven has a staggering amount of money coming their way. But, after nearly a week, no one has come forward. Why? And how in the world do they have this much patience?!?
I know that if it were me that won, I would be camped out at the lottery office until someone opened their doors and could start packing up my rented U-Haul with all of my new money…wait, I guess I could just take a check. Yeah, that seems smarter. But not this winner (who, I guess in theory, could still be this guy). So what is up?
“A lot of (lottery winners) want to get their ducks in order,” Tony Bitonti, a spokesperson for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, told CTV after a $64 million Canadian jackpot went unclaimed for two weeks. “They want to talk to financial advisers, they want to talk to lawyers and to family members, because it is $64 million – it’s life-changing.”
Lisa and John Robinson of Munford, Tennessee went on the “Today” show to gloat about their winning ticket. Yet, so far, no one from California or Florida has come forward to claim their share.
The person with that Chino Hills ticket has a year to claim the prize, according to the state’s lottery rules. The Florida winner has just six months – because God forbid all states just follow the same set of rules.
The winner, if and when they do come forward, will have their name made public as that is part of the condition of accepting the prize.
Of course, there is the possibility that someone has won and does not know it or that the ticket has gotten lost – and the rules state that you must have that ticket to get the prize, something that a dude who thought he won a million dollars last year learned the hard way.
If no one claims the money, it will all go to California public schools.
So let’s all root for that so our kids can be the real winners of the biggest Powerball jackpot ever.