$1.34B Mega Millions winner still hasn’t claimed prize after one month

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NEW YORK POST: It’s been one month since a lucky player won $1.34 billion in a Mega Millions jackpot — but the prizewinner still hasn’t claimed their fortune, lottery officials said Thursday.

The winning ticket from the July 29 drawing was sold at a Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois.

The massive jackpot marked the largest lottery prize ever won in Illinois, and the third largest lottery prize ever won in the US.

A person buys a Mega Millions lottery ticket at a store on July 29, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia.
Last month’s $1.34 billion Mega Millions winner has yet to come forward.
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A view of the Speedway gas station where the winning ticket for the Mega Millions lottery jackpot was sold, in Des Plaines, Illinois, U.S. July 30, 2022.
The Speedway in Des Plaines is entitled to a cash bonus of $500,000 for selling the winning ticket.
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“For a prize of this magnitude, it’s not unusual for the winner to take a while to claim,” said Illinois Lottery Director Harold Mays a week after the drawing. “I’m sure they’re going through a range of emotions.”

Illinois Mega Millions players that take home jackpots over $250,000 have the option to stay anonymous, but Mays speculated that the winner might not even know they hold the jaw-dropping ticket.

The winner can wait one full year to claim the money, but they only have 60 days from the date of the draw to decide if they want to be paid $1.34 billion over the course of 29 years or a lump sum of $780 million cash.

Speedway Des Plaines, the retailer who sold the winning ticket last month, is also entitled to a cash bonus of $500,000.

“Nothing makes us happier than bringing a little bit of joy to our customers’ lives – or in this case, a whole lot of joy!” said Michael Browning, Regional Director for Speedway, in a statement.

The workers at the gas station are staying tight-lipped about who they think the winner could be, the Daily Mail said.

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