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Anonymous lottery winner in West Virginia claims $2 million prize

A West Virginia anonymous lottery winner has claimed their $2 million prize. The lucky Mega Millions winner is allowed by a new law to remain anonymous.

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The Mega Millions lottery is one of the world’s biggest. Image: Sam Saunders

Right to privacy thanks to a new law

The anonymous lottery winner took home a huge $2 million Mega Millions prize on 28 May 2019. A new law came into effect in West Virginia on 1 January. It allows winners of $1 million or over to request anonymity when claiming their prize.

The new millionaire is the first West Virginia Lottery winner to select the anonymity option. Lottery officials confirmed that while the ticket was purchased in Braxton County, West Virginia, the winner actually lives outside of the state.

Not all state lotteries offer anonymity

States across the USA differ in offering anonymity to their lottery winners. In some states, it is impossible to claim a substantial lottery prize without revealing their identity.

A Powerball winner from New Hampshire previously sued the state to remain anonymous. The law said that her identity must be revealed, but the winner wanted to claim her $560 million privately. The lottery winner eventually got her wish and was able to take the prize without revealing her identity.

Missed out on the jackpot by one number

The West Virginia anonymous lottery winner purchased their $1 million Mega Millions ticket from a Pilot Flying J Travel Centre in Sutton. The ticket matched the five main numbers in last month’s drawing, missing just the Mega Ball.

The store that sold the winning ticket will receive a bonus worth 1 per cent of the total prize. The Mega Millions jackpot is still waiting to be won and is now up to $530 million (£417 million) for the next drawing on 7 June 2019.

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