Mystery Lottery Winner's Prize Expires

The winner had until 5 p.m. to claim his prize in person. But there is another way for him to pocket the $465,539

Despite months of trying to track him down, a mystery Lotto player in Los Angeles didn't claim his prize worth nearly half a million dollars by the deadline Monday evening.

But there's still a chance the lucky winner will pocket the $465,539 prize, according to a California Lottery spokesman.

He could have mailed in his signed ticket to the California Lottery and as long as it's postmarked by Monday, he'll get his prize. But Lotto spokesman Alex Traverso said he's never seen that happen.

The $465,539 prize, if not claimed, will be transferred to Los Angeles public schools.

Photos: Lottery Winners

Surveillance footage was released this month of the lucky player purchasing the winning ticket on May 22 at Whitley Heights Market, located at 1900 North Highland Ave. The ticket matched 5 out of 6 numbers.

Still, the nearly 6-month-old ticket hasn’t been turned in for the prize.

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Two other winners, collecting $52 million and $23 million in prizes, were contacted through the help of surveillance footage.

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