Lottery officials knew where and when he purchased the ticket and even had his photo, but the winner of a $465,539
The ticket for the May 22 drawing was sold at Whitley Heights Market at 1900 North Highland Avenue in Los Angeles. The ticket matched five numbers: 31, 35, 41, 9 and 57, missing only the Powerball number, 26.
That was worth a $465,539 prize (before the lottery takes out about 25% for federal taxes).
Alex Traverso, a spokesman for the California Lottery, said that each year about $20 million to $25 million in prize money goes unclaimed and is added to the funding that the lottery provides for schools.