If you are living in the state of Illinois and you bought a Mega Million lottery ticket, you might want re-check your ticket.
An unknown person in the state of Illinois has won $1.3 billion dollars and has yet to come forward.
The director of the Illinois lottery went on record saying that they have no clue whether the person that won even knows that they hit the jackpot.
The billion-dollar winning ticket was sold at the Speedy Café Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois, so if you know anyone in that area you might want to ask if they bought a lottery ticket.
The winner of the $1.34 Billion Mega Millions lottery still hasn’t claimed the money after a month. pic.twitter.com/kiuux0laj5
— SAY CHEESE! 👄🧀 (@SaycheeseDGTL) August 27, 2022
No one has come forth to claim the $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot yet, the Illinois Lottery says. https://t.co/XH5T22IgYD
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 26, 2022
Fox Business had more details to add:
The lucky Illinois ticket holder who won the $1.3 billion Mega Millions jackpot almost a month ago remains a mystery, even from organizers.
Mega Millions allows winners to remain anonymous if they so choose — most often to afford negative attention or unwanted solicitations for money.
However, the winning ticket for this month’s historic jackpot has not been claimed at all.
“We don’t know whether or not they even know that they won a prize,” Harold Mays, director of Illinois’ lottery, said in a Friday statement to The Guardian. “So, I encourage everybody to check your ticket.”
The winning ticket was sold at the Speedy Café Speedway gas station on East Touhy Avenue in Des Plaines, Illinois. The winning numbers were listed as 13, 36, 45, 57, 67 and the gold Mega ball was 14. The Megaplier was 2X.
Lottery officials are encouraging regular players to double-check their numbers.
The person who won this year's $1.3 billion Mega Millions lottery has yet to claim the jackpot nearly a month after the ticket was sold. https://t.co/T0U9bz40fZ
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 28, 2022
CBS News had more to add:
The person who won this year’s $1.3 billion Mega Millions lottery has yet to claim the jackpot nearly a month after the ticket was sold.
The unknown individual bought the winning ticket at a Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois. It marked the third-largest single winning in U.S. lottery history and the second-largest Mega Millions prize. Lottery officials said they’re still waiting to hear from the winner.
“We don’t know whether or not they even know that they won a prize,” Harold Mays, director of Illinois’ lottery, told The Guardian on Friday. “So, I encourage everybody to check your ticket.”
Mega Millions winners have a year from the drawing date to claim their prize, according to lottery rules. Winners also have 60 days to choose whether they want the money in a lump sum or smaller annual payments.
If the winner doesn’t claim the prize, each state that participates in the Mega Millions lottery will get their portion returned, according to contest rules. Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The game is coordinated by state lotteries.
For a two-week span last month, the Mega Millions captured the nation’s attention as the pot eclipsed the $1 billion mark. The frenzy led the CEO of restaurant chain Raising Cane to buy 50,000 tickets and pledging to split the pot among his workers if they won. The Mega Millions website crashed soon after the winning numbers were drawn.
It’s unclear why the winner hasn’t claimed their prize but it’s also not unheard of, lottery officials said.
“For a prize of this magnitude, it’s not unusual for the winner to take a while to claim,” Mays said in a statement earlier this month. “I’m sure they’re going through a range of emotions.”
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