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$24.1 million lottery jackpot claimed two days before expiring

By Ben Hooper
$24.1 million lottery jackpot claimed two days before expiring
The New York Lottery said a $24.1 million ticket was claimed by its purchaser just two days before it was set to expire. Photo by jcjgphotography/Shutterstock

May 24 (UPI) -- Lottery officials in New York said a $24.1 million jackpot has been claimed only two days before the ticket would have expired.

The New York Lottery said a person came to the Beaver Street Customer Service Center in Manhattan Tuesday and claimed a $24.1 million ticket that was due to expire Thursday.

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The winner had apparently been unaware of the win until recent news coverage of the unclaimed prize led them to look through a pile of old tickets and uncover the winning ticket from the May 25, 2016, Lotto drawing.

The ticket matched winning numbers 05-12-13-22-25-35 as well as bonus number 51.

"We are thrilled that this lucky winner was able to locate this life-changing ticket," said Gweneth Dean, director of the New York State Gaming Commission's Division of the Lottery. "We look forward to introducing this multimillionaire who came forward in the nick of time."

Officials said the winner's identity will be announced "in the near future."

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