The winner of a $66 million Mega Millions jackpot prize has still not come forward to claim their millions, despite the draw taking place almost a month ago.
The winner, who scored the $66 million prize on Friday, June 13th, purchased his or her ticket at Sonny’s Mart in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Lottery officials are still waiting patiently for the winner to come forward to claim their Mega Millions prize; however the owner of the store where the ticket was sold has said that the ticket holder has come forward, just not yet publicly.
Sonny Tarhini, owner of Sonny’s Mart said that he has heard through the grapevine that the mystery winner is soon due to make contact with lottery officials. According to the local rumour mill the winner is a single individual, although Mr Tarhini did say that he was unsure whether the winner was a man or a woman.
A spokesperson for the Michigan Lottery, Jeff Holyfield, said earlier this week that he could not confirm or deny at this moment whether a winner had contacted state officials, but he did say that the mood in the lottery office has not dropped despite the month long wait. “We’re excited to have a player from Michigan win a jackpot in one of the national games.”
The ticket in question matched winning numbers 7, 38, 46, 49 and 56 as well as the Mega Ball which was 1. Mr Tarhini will receive a bonus payment of $50,000 as a reward for selling the winning ticket.
According to lottery officials, it is not unusual for a winner of a high profile prize such as this one to take their time in coming forward. Mr Holyfield said that how long it takes depends on the person and whether they decide to speak to a legal professional or financial planner before accepting the cheque.
The winner has one year from the date of the draw to claim the money, before it reverts to school aid funding. If that happened, it would be the largest uncollected lottery jackpot in Michigan’s history.
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