The winning ticket from the Jan. 1 Lotto Texas drawing for a grand prize worth $12 million was never redeemed by today's deadline. As it turns out, the winner is the state's public schools.
At 6pm Monday, the clock stopped ticking for the person who purchased a winning Lotto Texas ticket from the South Shore Shell at 3390 FM 518 in League City.
The ticket was purchased on January 1. It was a winner, but no one came forward to claim it.
The winning numbers for the drawing were 15-17-43-45-47-50. The cash value of the $12 million jackpot is $7,562,273.98.
A 6 p.m. Monday deadline came and went without a winning ticket being presented for the $12 million drawing. That means the ticket-holder forfeits any claim to the prize and the unclaimed money reverts to the state and goes into the Foundation School Fund that supports Texas public schools. More than $837 million in unclaimed Texas lottery prizes have reverted since 1995.
The owner of the South Shore Shell is a winner as well. Just because his store sold the winning ticket, he walked away with a bonus check for $121,385.34 on March 6.
Some speculate the person who purchased the winning ticket may have lost it at some point and that's why they haven't come forward to claim it.
A ticket-holder forfeits any claim to a prize beyond 180 days after the drawing. Unclaimed prizes revert back to the state. More than $837 million in unclaimed Texas lottery prizes have reverted since 1995.