The $536 million Mega Millions jacpot has been claimed! A family from Indiana, who have opted to stay private have claimed the $536 million Mega Millions jackpot as Warren D, LLC. The prize is the largest ever won by a single ticket holder in Mega Millions history.
The latest Mega Millions lottery jackpot winners said that they wanted to "maintain a sense of normalcy" for their two young children, who are still in elementary school.
The reason that it took them so long to come forward and claim their Mega Millions win, was due to the fact that they had in fact forgotten that they had bought tickets.
According to a lottery representative, who dealt with the winners, they only recently stumbled upon the tickets again and checked to see if any of their numbers matched.
They restarted their computer in disbelief
It was only when they went online that they realised they had the winning Mega Millions ticket with the lucky winning numbers: 8 – 19 – 20 – 55 - 73 with a Mega Ball number of 5.
The winning Mega Millions ticket was one of the five quick pick tickets that they had bought. They couldn’t believe what they were seeing, so restarted their computer in disbelief.
Lauren Littlefield, spokesperson for the family said, “The Mega Millions tickets were pulled from a pocket when they returned home from their weekend trip. They checked the tickets for matching numbers on the Hoosier Lottery website. All the numbers on the second row matched. In disbelief, they actually closed their Internet browser and tried it again, even restarted their computer. They couldn’t believe their eyes.”
She went on to say, “The family was headed out of state on a trip for their children’s travel sports activities, as they had done many times before. They made a quick stop at a gas station just off the I-70 exit in Cambridge City for gas and a few other items,” “On a whim, they purchased five Mega Millions tickets after seeing the jackpot was so high.”
“The family feels extremely blessed but also overwhelmed. They have chosen to remain private to protect the safety and well-being of their children. Their priorities are to use the winnings to pay off debt, plan for their children’s futures, and take care of their family long-term. They love Indiana. They can’t imagine living anywhere else. They intend to continue raising their children here and supporting other Hoosiers.”
This Mega Millions lottery win is the largest jackpot claim in the history of the Hoosier Lottery and the third largest in the history of the Mega Millions game.
The lucky Mega Millions couple said that they purchased the winning ticket at a Speedway gas station in Wayne County. The family were apparently on a road trip to a sporting event out of state for their children and had stopped to get gas and refreshments. While at the gas station's convenience store, they bought five quick pick Mega Millions tickets. According to the family representative, it was the first time that they had bought Mega Millions tickets. The only reason that they did, was due to the fact that the jackpot was so high.
The Mega Millions winners could take either the annuity payment of the $536 million as a 30-year annuity or in a one-time lump sum payment, which most lottery winners opt for. They chose the lump-sum cash option of $378 million (before taxes). The final pay-out will be $271 million after taxes.
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With this Friday night's Mega Millions soaring to a hefty $30 million and the Powerball lotto game to an already huge $52 million, we wonder if the jackpots for these two huge American lotteries will rollover this weekend. It’s anyone’s guess and anyone’s chance at the multimillion dollar prizes!
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