even received a congratulatory letter with the promise they will send him a check in six to eight weeks and later he received a second letter claiming the ticket was too damaged to be reconstructed. The only fact which may be considered to sustain his legal action is that the Lottery refused to return the ticket despite repeated demands. The winning ticket was sold Aug. 8 at a 7-Eleven store at 20871 Lassen St. in Chatsworth. “The last-minute timing of this (his claim) is suspicious,” said lottery spokesman Russ Lopez. A legal investigation is ongoing. If no winner found, the prize goes into the state’s education fund.