Illinois winner’s identity remains a mystery

About a week ago, an Illinois ticket holder won the $1.3 billion Mega Millions jackpot but has so far remained anonymous.

Winning tickets are sold at the Speedy Café Speedway gas station on East Tuy Avenue in Des Plaines, Illinois. The winning numbers are 13, 36, 45, 57, 67, and the Golden Super Ball is 14. Megaplier is 2X.

“It’s not uncommon for a winner to take a while to claim a prize of this size,” Illinois Lottery Director Harold Mays said in a statement. “I’m sure they’re going through a range of emotions. “

The huge jackpot is the third largest jackpot in U.S. history.

Million dollar jackpot: DES PLAINES residents guess who won the $1.3 billion prize

If the winner decides to come forward, the newly minted billionaire’s identity could be revealed. However, Mega Millions allows the winners to remain anonymous if they so choose – often to provide negative attention or unwelcome financial solicitation.

“We will work closely with the winners, respect any privacy wishes, and support them in any way that provides a positive winning experience,” Mays said.

Individual states can enact public disclosure laws that require the identities of winners to be released, but Illinois does not.

“If your winnings are $250,000 or more, you may request the confidentiality of your name and place of residence by noting the selection on the Illinois Lottery Winner Claim Form,” according to the Illinois Lottery Rules.

A Mega Millions jackpot winning ticket was purchased on Friday, July 29, 2022 at the Speedway location in Des Plaines, Illinois. (Google Street View/Google Maps)

MILLIONS jackpot: DES PLAINES gas station wins $1.3 billion jackpot lottery

The rules go on to say, “You must request this when you claim your prize. If you do not do so, in order to assure the public that the prize has been won, the Illinois Lottery will periodically release winner information, including the winner’s name, city of residence, and the amount of money won. amount.

Illinois Lottery officials have rounded up some tips on what lottery winners need to do to keep their personal lives and funds safe.

Keep that ticket safe!

Lottery winners should sign the back of the winning ticket and make “several copies,” according to lottery officials. These copies can be presented to a lawyer or accountant while the original tickets remain in a personal safe or bank safe.

Get professional advice

Illinois lottery officials have suggested that if lottery winners hit the jackpot, they should assemble a team of financial experts.

The Lottery Commission recommends that winners research the resources, financial planning tools and personal experts of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a national professional organization of more than 428,000 certified public accountants.

Protect your privacy

Lottery winners should be kept secret until they turn in their tickets, according to officials.

Winners are advised to call the Lottery Players Hotline at 800-252-1775 to arrange a private appointment to claim the prize after consulting with an attorney and financial advisor.

Mega Millions lottery games are played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The game is coordinated by the state lottery.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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