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February 17, 2017


Hi, Nancy. Great questions. You're correct that we've already release the details about the store where the winning ticket was purchased. Gathering security-camera footage also is a routine part of the work that we do to verify the details associated with a winning ticket. We use the pertinent details we know about the ticket purchase to verify the information presented to us by those who may assert that they are the big winner. If we were to publicly release those details, people could try to make their stories match up with the known facts, so we do not publicly release that information until after the prize has been claimed.

If you know where the ticket was bought you probably know what time it was bought why can't you just post a picture of the person who bought it? There has to be surveillance video inside the establishment that sold the ticket, correct?

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