There’s a new lottery jackpot winner in town, following the Mega Millions draw last week. After the winning numbers were chosen, it was revealed that one lucky person had the winning ticket, netting them $533 million. This is the tenth largest lottery jackpot in American history, but at the time of writing, it remains unclaimed.
Mega Millions Jackpot Sitting Unclaimed
The unknown winner bought the lottery ticket at a Lukoil gas station and convenience store. The station is in Riverdale in New Jersey, 25 miles away from New York City. The owner of the convenience store, Ameer Krass, has come forward and said that he reviewed the security camera footage. By doing this, he was able to identify the person who bought the winning ticket. The winner of $533 million is one of the store’s regular customers but Krass is not revealing who it is, nor has he spoken to the winner.
One of the cashiers working at the store says that she believes the winner is male. While the Mega Millions winner may not have come forward yet, Krass has received his $30 000 for selling the winning ticket. We certainly hope the winner comes forward soon, although there is a chance that they won’t. New Jersey requires a lottery winner’s name and the town they live to be published, so there’s a small chance they’ll not claim the money to protect their privacy.
Privacy an Issue for Jackpot Winners
New Jersey lottery winners are able to claim the money anonymously, through a nominated trust. This is a very similar situation faced by a New Hampshire lottery winner earlier this year. She wanted to claim her $560 million anonymously, but state laws prevented it. She eventually took the case to court, where she won the right to remain anonymous.
The latest Mega Millions winner will be given the choice to take a lump sum, which will equal $324 million after taxes, or he can take the money in annual instalments. This will pay out over the next 30 years.