Turned In at Lost and Found: $6.3M Lotto Ticket

Unclaimed prize was won last year
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 18, 2013 3:03 AM CDT
Updated Sep 18, 2013 6:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – Talk about a good deed: A very kind man turned a winning lotto ticket in to Spanish officials rather than taking the money for himself. Now, lottery bosses are trying to find the winner of the $6.27 million prize, which dates back to last year; it was never claimed, the Local reports. Manuel Rieja González, who happens to be a lottery-ticket dealer himself, found the winning ticket on the counter of a lotto vendor different from the one where it was purchased.

Rieja will get the money if the real winner doesn't come forward within two years of the June 30, 2012, drawing. Meanwhile, at least one person has attempted to claim the cash—but he was a fraudster, police say. The Los Angeles Times reports that in an effort to ward off such fakers, the ticket-holder has to provide plenty of facts: where and when the ticket was purchased and where it was left behind. (In similar news, a homeless Boston man is being hailed after handing in a lot of lost cash.)

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