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Missing California Lottery Ticket Worth $200,000 Was Purchased Five Months Ago In East L.A.

If you're going to waste a perfectly crisp Washington on a one-in-a-bagillion chance of winning the lottery, at least check to see if your impulse buy was worth the shame.

One lottery hopeful (or not-so-hopeful) has yet to discover that his or her ticket is loaded with five out of six of the winning numbers -- enough to rake in $197,117.

It's painful to think about: the golden ticket crumpled in the garbage with a corner-store receipt, or living the pathetic life of a coffee-table coaster. Please, for all our sakes, if you bought a Mega Millions ticket from Lorena Market at 3360 E. Olympic Blvd. five months ago, turn that shit in already! If not --

all $197,117 will go to California education on Jan. 31. That's, like, a single superintendant's worth of pilfered benefits. Wouldn't you rather see a shiny new Porsche in your driveway? Or at least two-thirds of an Akita show dog? Considering the location of the ticket purchase -- no offense Lorena -- we're guessing the purchaser could use the proceeds. We'll throw in a Yelp review of the magical market, just for the heck of it:

This is a mini mart type place. They have an assortment of junk food, candy and basic groceries. I bought some of their starbucks coffee bottles and they were expired :( Ever since then I've only bought random junk food and charcoal here.

Here are the five loaded numbers (go check your coasters, just in case!):

22, 56, 13, 20, 4

And according to the California Lottery's website, there's another loser/winner missing out on an even fatter prize in Orange County:

The mystery winner purchased their ticket at Al's Market, which is located at 7062 Westminster Boulevard in Westminster. The ticket matched five of six numbers 3, 52, 28, 8, 21 - and missed only the Mega number of 43.

For the rest of you still on the hoping end of the stick, get stoked: The jackpot is at its second largest sum ever, or $355,000. Check the Lotto's Winning Numbers page at 8 p.m. tonight.


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