Lucky Lottery Winner's Last-Minute Claim

California woman claims $23 million prize less than a month before the deadline.
3:00 | 11/01/12

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that lottery winner, we could not believe. Someone who did not know she had won $23 million, five months ago, and learned it by accident, right before the deadline. Abc's nick watt is here to tell us how she found the ticket. Nick? Reporter: This is michael's liquor store in california, where the mystery winner bought her ticket. A $23 million winner, but the months passed and she just didn't come forward. Lottery officials released security camera footage from michael's in the hope that somebody would recognize her. Yeah, so, I remember the lady walked in, she bought a bottle of water, she purchased, she walked out. As soon as she headed to the door, he mom yelled her, she was like, just buy a lot toe ticket. Reporter: A $1 ticket, she bought only one, but time was running out to claim. The winner just told lottery officials that her daughter recognized her on the tv this morning. She then ran to her car, searched for that ticket and, thankfully, she wound found it. Diane, a happy ending to this story. It is a wonder, it is a wonder. Thank you so much, nick.

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