Super Lotto Ticket, on which the prize fell 63 million dollars was bought in August 2015 in the city of Chatsworth, California. In November 2016, the lottery issued a reminder message, since no one applied for a prize. The call was repeated in January.
63 million is yours? poster in the operator's window
On the last day, when was it still possible to apply for a prize, the nearest to the place of purchase the center for registration of winnings was opened in 8 o'clock in the morning. And was immediately attacked by calls from numerous applicants. They claimed, that the dog ate the ticket. Or baby. Someone begged for money, explaining, that the ticket was lost in the wash. Or just lost. За первые полчаса подобных звонков поступило более дюжины.
But the applicants didn't just call. Some decided to come in person, to fill out an application for issuing a prize. Suddenly lucky? Finally, the chances of winning the lottery jackpot with a ticket in hand are not much higher, than then, when there is no ticket: in both cases they tend to zero. But, you can try. We have described several examples of such attempts in the article “Applicants for 63 million "
Alas, and this time nobody got the money. Apparently no one was convincing enough. Although, it happens differently. Still got the next unclaimed prize. but, this story has its own nuances ...
This jackpot is a little bit out of the total unclaimed winnings. Strictly speaking - he didn't even exist. It has one thing in common with the rest of the examples - the alleged winner was unknown..
21 May 2010 of the year, in the Corner Store (St. John's, Canada) one of the buyers issued a ticket for the next Lotto Max Atlantic draw. The seller made a mistake when placing a bid, as a result of which the cost of the ticket was $ 27 instead $ 12. The buyer did not want to pay more and demanded to cancel the ticket
The most interesting thing happened later. In the night draw, the same numbers fell, which were marked in the wrong ticket. Since no one else has marked them, the buyer could become the sole owner of the jackpot in the amount of $ 30 million. If I had not canceled the ticket ... (a source)
Representative Atlantic Lottery Corp. in St. John's, said, that the incident is unusual - “it was big news for us. As far as we know, such a big win, on canceled ticket, has never been "
maybe, the buyer who refused to pay found out more, that was one step away from the jackpot - St. John's is a small town, and this news was actively discussed there. But no one ever confessed to this oversight, the jackpot remained intact. AND, afterwards, already got someone else
AT 2009 in the UK National Lottery for a long time (from March to September) nobody came for one of the winnings. The amount is not the largest, but worthy - £ 2 255 485. Finally, предполагаемый победитель все же явился – 51-летний Эдди Путман предъявил билет и получил деньги. Sam Putman, true, was not a law-abiding citizen, he had previously been convicted of violence and fraud. But, in this case, the police did not have any evidence against him. Maybe he just played the lottery and won, the same happens too?
But, the story was continued in 2015, when Jyle Nibs, Camelot Group employee (lottery organizer) committed suicide. Nibs worked in the fraud prevention department. AND, as an employee of this level, perfectly knew the inner kitchen and the weak points of the system.
Shortly before his death, Putman accused Nibs of blackmail (якобы тот требовал с него 400 000 pounds) and damage to the BMW car. Therefore, Jyle Nibs was under police surveillance, and his suicide was the beginning of the investigation.
It revealed, that these two were in cahoots. Nibs, as a lottery employee knew perfectly well about the existence of unclaimed winnings and the possibility of getting it. And Putman just acted as the ticket holder.
As one of the Camelot Group employees said about this, “You cannot manage the lottery, but you can fake a ticket. And nothing prevents you from doing it again "
Police do not disclose, how exactly the ticket was forged, possibly, it was printed by Nibs himself (it seems like he could do it), maybe, Putman was also engaged in forgery - all, what was required for this was to buy a ticket there, where the real one was designed and "modify" it a little
Эдвард Путман во время суда в 2012
The partners agreed to split the jackpot in half. But Putman just threw Nibs, taking all the money for myself. The latter was furious - such a perfect fraud scheme and such a shameful result. And you won't go to the police, then you must reveal your role in this story.
It's hard to say now, what exactly triggered Nibs' suicide. There is a version, that the security service was digging for it and the fraud scheme was about to be revealed. And he didn't want to go to jail at all. Generally, with the help of his death, Nibs decided to get his former companion. He left many messages and letters to friends, where the fraud scheme was revealed. Police, investigating, happily grabbed the materials provided and, looks like Putman will sit down again soon.
This is not the only case, when the unclaimed winnings are fraudulent. The most famous happened in the USA, and this story began as usual
December 2010 of the year, when in the next Hot Lotto draw, famous and popular lottery in the USA, covering one and a half dozen states of the country and the metropolitan area of Columbia, turned out to be the lucky winner of the jackpot, guessing 6 winning numbers. Amount - 16,5 million dollars
Who is the owner of this money?
truth, the winner was in no hurry to win. Him, as it usually is, searched through the media, but no one showed up. Only in November 2011 the organizers of the lottery were called by a certain Philip Johnston, a lawyer from Quebec and reported, that he is the desired winner.
Johnston correctly named the 15-serial number of the winning ticket, explained, what is sick, and clarified - is it possible to receive a check by mail. truth, to the question - how he was dressed when buying the same ticket - the lawyer answered incorrectly and the officials refused to receive the prize.
6 December Johnston called again, with version number 2. He admitted, that he was not the ticket buyer, but reported, what represents a client who wants to maintain complete anonymity. Lottery officials could not agree to provide anonymity, as in most US states, the organizer is obliged by law to publish the details of the winner - photo, surname / name, city and amount of winnings.
Twenty three days later, two hours before the deadline, Iowa Lottery Division Receives Package From Des Moines Law Firm. It contained a letter from attorney Julie McLean stating, that her firm represents the winner. The goal remained the same - someone wanted to get 16,5 million, but desperately didn't want to show myself.
All these manipulations led to, that the lottery management contacted the police. As a result of an investigation that lasted several years, a fraudulent scheme was revealed, built by Eddie Tipton, the director of information security of the same lottery. This is why he didn't want to show himself.
Tipton, how a programmer and security officer was able to create a special program, allowing him to win on certain days and hours (three times a year). And even got several million dollars with accomplices. But on his biggest win, he still fell asleep. It is not for nothing that America has rigidly fixed the duty of the organizer to present the winner to the general public., it helps a lot from similar schemes.
You can read more about the history of this scam in our article - "Win" the jackpot three times a year - the case of Eddie Tipton "