AUSTIN -- It turns out, the big winner in a $12 million Lotto Texas jackpot was the Foundation School Fund.
The holder of a winning ticket worth $12 million in a January 1 lottery drawing had until 6 p.m. Monday to claim their prize before it reverted back to the state
According to the Texas Lottery's official Twitter account, the deadline came and went with no one claiming the winnings. As such, the money will go to the Foundation School Fund, which supports Texas public schools.
A ticket matching all six numbers drawn (15-17-43-45-47-50) was purchased from the South Shore Shell located in the 3300 block of FM 518 in League City, Texas. League City is about 270 miles southeast of Dallas, outside of Houston.
A winning ticket holder forfeits any claim to a prize at the end of the 180th day following the day of the drawing. The deadline can only be extended for certain eligible military personnel.
Unclaimed prizes revert back to the state programs authorized by the Texas Legislature after that time. The lump-sum cash value of the jackpot was $7,562,273.98
The deadline had previously been 5 p.m., but a press release sent around 4:30 p.m. said claim centers in Houston and Austin would remain open an hour later in hopes the winner turns up. However, the extra hour wasn't long enough to jog the memory of the winner.
Though the big winner doesn't show up Monday, at least one big check has been given out in connection with the January jackpot. The South Shore Shell was presented with a retailer bonus check for $121,385.34 in March.