Lotto Winner Claims Jackpot With Two Days To Spare

Lotto Winner Claims Jackpot With Two Days To Spare


WITH TWO DAYS TO SPARE BEFORE THE TICKET BECAME WORTHLESS A NEW YORK LOTTERY CLAIMED THE JACKPOT. CBS 2’S VANESSA MURDOCH HAS THE STORY. I WISH IT WERE ME. [ LAUGHTER ] IT WASN’T YOU? NO, IT WASN’T. I DIDN’T HAVE TO LOOK. I DIDN’T HAVE THE TICKET. Reporter: OUR SEARCH FOR THE WINNER OF A $24.1 MILLION JACKPOT FELL FLAT. BUT THERE’S NO DOUBT THE LUCKY LOTTERY PLAYER WE’RE LOOKING FOR WAS HERE AT THE STORE IN TriBeCa ONE YEAR AGO TOMORROW. ON MAY 25th, 2016, THIS MACHINE PRINTED A WINNER. NOBODY CLAIMED IT. NOT YET. BIG ONE. Reporter: NEW YORK LOTTERY SAYS THE WINNER STEPPED FORWARD AFTER SEEING ON THE NEWS THAT THE $24.1 MILLION TICKET WAS ABOUT TO EXPIRE. THERE’S AN UNCLAIMED TICKET WORTH $24 MILLION OUT THERE. AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT. IT DOESN’T HAPPEN OFTEN. BUT WE PUT OUT A PRESS RELEASE AT THE LAST MINUTE AND A WINNER COMES FORWARD. Reporter: WE ASKED HOPEFULS THEIR TAKE ON WHY THE WINNER TOOK SO LONG TO CLAIM THE PRIZE. THERE WERE JUST TWO DAYS LEFT. I THINK IT WAS ON PURPOSE. THEY JUST WANT TO WAIT IT OUT AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING YOUR DEBTS IS CLEAR. I DON’T THINK THEY NEEDED IT. THEY GOING THROUGH LOOKING DUSTING OFF THE TABLE OH, LOOK AT THIS, HONEY. OH, WE WON. OH. LET’S GO COLLECT. Reporter: AND AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT THE WINNING NUMBERS MATCHED THE INDIVIDUAL’S LUCKY NUMBERS. I’M HAPPY FOR THEM. Reporter: IF YOU WON THE 4.1 MILLION WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT? HA … I WOULD GET OUT OF NEW YORK, THAT’S FOR SURE. Reporter: BY EARLY NEXT WEEK, WE MAY KNOW WHO THE WINNER IS AND WHAT HE PLANS TO DO WITH IT. VANESSA MURDOCH, CBS 2 NEWS. TALK ABOUT DELAYED GRATIFICATION. YEAH. RIGHT UNDER THE WIRE HERE. AS FOR THE STORE OWNER, NO BONUS FOR HIM UNLESS THE WINNER FEELS GENEROUS. BY THE WAY, BACK IN 2002, A MEGA MILLIONS WINNER ACTUALLY MISSED OUT, LISTEN TO THIS, $63