$2.6M Lottery Winnings Finally Claimed Months Later - NBC 7 San Diego

$2.6M Lottery Winnings Finally Claimed Months Later

The winning ticket was sold in Chula Vista last December



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    A winner has at last come forward to claim the $2.6 million Mega Millions ticket sold in San Diego County last December.

    The California Lottery said Rosa Juarez picked up her prize at the San Diego district office.

    She did not give any other details or explain why it took her nearly three months to claim her winnings.

    Juarez’s ticket was sold on Dec. 17, 2013 at the Square Bottle Liquor at 21 Naples Street in Chula Vista. She had 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim her prize.

    The Mega Millions jackpot at that point was a record-breaking $648 million, and Juarez’s ticket matched all but the Mega number.

    Square Bottle Liquor will get a bonus $13,000 for selling the prize-winning ticket of more than $1 million.

    During that drawing, another San Diego ticket matching five of the numbers earned two women more than $2.6 million. That ticket was sold at the Fuller Liquor and Deli on Rosecrans Street.

    Steve Tran of San Jose took half of the big jackpot, splitting the top prize with Georgia resident Ira Curry.

    If Juarez’s winnings wasn't claimed, lotto officials said the prize money will go to California public schools.