The Florida Lottery announced on Wednesday that the $1.6 billion prize for the second-largest lottery winner in US history has been claimed. However, the winner’s identity may not be revealed for another 90 days.
The Florida Lottery announced on Monday that the Mega Millions prize was won after seven weeks since the Aug. 8 drawing. Florida is among the 45 states, as well as Washington, D.C. and the US Virgin Islands, that take part in Mega Millions.
The lottery held 31 draws twice a week without a single winner until a ticket purchaser at a Publix store in Neptune Beach, located 15 miles (24 km) east of Jacksonville, matched all six numbers.
Mega Millions said the $1.602-jackpot was the largest in its history, topping a $1.537-billion prize that was won in South Carolina in 2018.
According to Powerball’s website, this would place it in second place after the largest jackpot of $2.04 billion sold in California in November 2022 for the rival Powerball lottery.
According to the Mega Millions website, the winner of the Florida Mega Millions will have the choice between receiving the full amount over 30 years as an annuity or a lump sum of $794.2 million in cash. Taxes will be applied to the winnings.
According to the laws in Florida, individuals who win lottery prizes equal to or greater than $250,000 are not required to disclose their identities to the public until 90 days after claiming the prize.
A $2 ticket gives you a chance of about 1 in 300 million to win the jackpot.