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$12 Million Lotto Texas Jackpot Goes Unclaimed

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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — There’s a winner of a $12 million grand prize from the January 1 Lotto Texas drawing.

As it turns out, it’s the state’s public schools.

A 6 p.m. Monday deadline came and went without a winning ticket being presented for the $12 million drawing. That means the ticket-holder forfeits any claim to the prize and the unclaimed money reverts to the state and goes into the Foundation School Fund that supports Texas public schools. More than $837 million in unclaimed Texas lottery prizes have reverted since 1995.

The retailer that sold the ticket — South Shore Shell on Farm Road 518 in League City — received a bonus check for more than $121,000 in March.

Collecting winnings wasn’t a problem for a North Texas man back in May. The 26-year-old Denton man claimed the first $7.5 million top prize in the $50 Texas Lottery scratch-off game “Millionaires Club.”

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