It gets worse: The man, whose name has not be revealed, presumably out of fear of being rightfully shamed, did not even know he had won until the California Lottery sent security camera footage of him buying the winning ticket on Sept. 13 at a supermarket to local news stations.
Only after seeing himself on the news did the man try to claim his prize—with the 180-day deadline (Thursday) looming. Too bad, the California Lottery said: The state requires winners have the ticket to redeem their winnings. He lost it, he told the Los Angeles Times. Now all the money will go to state public schools.
[Image via California Lottery]