Winner of $32 mn lottery prize still a mystery in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Aug 5 (EFE).- The winner of the $32 million electronic lottery prize drawn on July 11 in Puerto Rico has still not claimed the money, lottery officials said.

The winner has 180 days to claim the prize, Puerto Rican Electronic Lottery spokeswoman Enid Rodriguez told Efe.

This is not the first time that a lottery prize has gone unclaimed and the money would go to the state if no one steps forward to claim it, Rodriguez said.

The winning lottery ticket was sold at an Econo supermarket in Hato Rey, a district in San Juan, Rodriguez said.

The winning numbers were 19, 21, 32, 37, 39 and 40.

The winner can opt to receive 20 annual payments of $1.2 million or a lump sum of $11.5 million after paying taxes on the winnings.

The payout was higher than normal because no one had guessed the winning numbers since March 19, pumping up the prize.

The fat lottery prize prompted more people to play in Puerto Rico, where many residents are looking for a stroke of good luck to help them deal with the bad economy.

The Puerto Rican Electronic Lottery, which is a finance department agency, took in $450 million in the fiscal year that just ended.