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FOUND! MISSING MULTI-MILLIONAIRE COMES FORWARD 

Owner saw news coverage, checked ticket & came forward with two days to spare 

New multi-millionaire to be unveiled in near future 

The mysterious missing millionaire who purchased a $24.1 million Lotto ticket in Manhattan has been found! The lucky individual, who will be formally announced in the near future, came to the Lottery’s Beaver Street Customer Service Center in Lower Manhattan on May 23 to claim the prize – two days before the winning ticket from the May 25, 2016 Lotto drawing was set to expire. 

The individual said that news coverage of the about-to-expire ticket prompted the soon-to-be millionaire to search for the ticket in their home, where it was located among other old tickets. 

Winning numbers were 05-12-13-22-25-35 Bonus #:51. 

“We are thrilled that this lucky winner was able to locate this life-changing ticket,” said Gweneth Dean, Director of the Commission’s Division of the Lottery. “We look forward to introducing this multimillionaire who came forward in the nick of time.” 

The lucky individual purchased the single winning ticket for the May 25, 2016 Lotto drawing at Renu Corp Grocery & Tobacco located at 158 Church Street in Tribeca. 

The winner’s identity will be announced in the near future, pending completion of the Lottery’s security background review. 

As a reminder: Lottery prizes can be claimed up to a year after a drawing. Winning ticketholders should sign the back of the ticket and put it in a safe place until they come to the Lottery to claim their prize. Winners may claim the ticket at any one of the Lottery’s Customer Service Centers across the state. Click here to learn how to redeem a prize or call New York Lottery’s Prize Payments Office at 518-388-3370. 

Join the New York Lottery’s 50th Anniversary! 

The New York Lottery turns 50 this year! Help us celebrate North America’s most profitable Lottery: 

  • Join us at Albany’s Empire State Plaza on the Lottery’s 50th Anniversary on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 12:15 p.m. for a special celebration, including live midday Numbers and Win 4 drawings with Yolanda Vega, giveaways, promotions and much more! 
  • More celebrations will take place at the Great New York State Fair in August. 
  • Beginning June 1, 2017: All eligible draw game and scratch-off tickets can be entered into the 50th Anniversary Sweepstakes through the New York Lottery Players Club or on the Players Club mobile app (iTunes / Google). 

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more details as events get closer. 

About the New York Lottery 

The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.27 billion in fiscal year 2016-2017 to help support education in New York State. The Lottery’s contribution represents approximately 14 percent of total state education aid to local school districts. 

New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school district’s size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.



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