New York Lottery Seeks Missing Buyer Of $7 Million Ticket

Image courtesy of This is not an especially helpful wanted poster, but it is helping publicize the situation

This is not an especially helpful wanted poster, but it is helping publicize the situation

This is not an especially helpful wanted poster, but it is helping publicize the situation

A year ago, someone walked into a bodega (or, as we say in the rest of the country, a “convenience store”) in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and bought a lottery ticket. Perhaps he or she lost the ticket, or missed checking the winning numbers, because the buyer won $7 million, yet has not come forward. They need to do so before tomorrow.

Lottery prizes must be claimed within one year, and the lottery has no clues to go on in this case. That’s why they’ve made the hilariously vague but attention-getting poster that you see above. Officials know that the winner was human, though they probably shouldn’t rule out three cats standing on each other’s shoulders and wearing a trenchcoat.

While the poster shows a person wearing a hat, they don’t even know that much: unlike in other cases where authorities have searched for missing lottery winners, the store doesn’t have surveillance camera footage still around from a year ago so they could pull a photo of the winner from it.

If you do happen to be the person who bought a lottery ticket for the July 24, 2014 drawing at the Milky Way Deli in Canarsie, you should call the lottery at ­(518) 388-3370.

Lottery uses stick-figure sketch in effort to find $7M winner [New York Post]