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Mystery New York Lotto winner claimed $24 million prize two days before the deadlineA New York Lotto winner who won $24.1 million has finally come forward to claim their prize just two days before the ticket was due to expire.However, the identity of this New York Lotto winner has not yet been revealed, leaving the lottery win shrouded in mystery, as local try to work out who the lucky winner was. Recently, the New York Lottery released a new item calling for the winner to come forward and claim their jackpot prize before it was set to expire on May 25th. A Minnesota woman recently claimed her Powerball prize just a day before the deadline.The lucky winner said that he or she saw news coverage of the looming deadline, which prompted them to look for the New York Lotto ticket at home. The same happened to a EuroMillions winner from Ireland who ended up claiming their big prize just hours before the deadline passed. According to New York Lottery officials, the winning ticket was found amongst a pile of old lottery slips almost a full year after it was first purchased from Renu Corp Grocery & Tobacco in Tribeca. We’ve recently had a lot of heart-warming stories about New York Lottery winners including a scratch card winner who won $5 million on his birthday, and a $1 million winner from Erie County who believed her late parents had a lot to do with her big $1,000 a Week for Life win.Claiming the prize this week at New York Lottery Customer Service in lower Manhattan, the winner’s identity will be announced after all security checks have been completed, and the store owner where the New York Lotto winning Lotto ticket was purchased said that he had no further idea on who the winner was. “The people from the lottery called me yesterday at 4 o’clock and said someone came in with the ticket,” Bobby Patel said on Wednesday when the news broke. “They would not tell me who.”Mr Patel has sold lottery winners before, but this is his largest jackpot sale. The store owner told lottery officials that he hopes the winner is someone he knows, just like the owner of a New York store that sold a Mega Millions jackpot ticket, “I hope it is one of my regular customers. Then he comes back and give me some of the $24 million!” Unlike with Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots, the lottery retailer won’t receive a bonus for selling the New York Lotto winning ticket, so Mr Patel can only hope for a little luck himself.Purchase your lottery tickets online at Lottery24.com, and you will be notified in writing of all your winnings.