As the deadline to claim a $63 million jackpot closes in, a California man is suing the state lottery.
On Wednesday, Brandy Milliner brought a suit against the California lottery saying he was the winner, but was unable to claim his prize after the lottery informed him that his ticket was “too damaged to be reconstructed,” CBS News reports.
However, lottery officials are claiming that Milliner never tried to turn in his ticket.
“We check it out. There’s no record of them trying to file a claim,” California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso told the network. “If we denied them, there would be a letter sent by our professional law enforcement investigators who investigate every claim. So there’s no record of that either.”
The winning SuperLotto Plus ticker was reportedly bought at a 7-Eleven in Chatsworth in August. The time frame to collect the winnings on the ticket – 180 days – expires on Thursday night.
The unclaimed prize in question is not related to last month’s record-breaking $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot.
If the ticket remains unclaimed, the money will reportedly go to California public schools, which receive all the winnings from unclaimed lotto prizes.