Almost everyone has once fantasized about winning the lottery. After a win you would probably claim your prize as soon as possible. The reality is different though. Many times the winner doesn’t claim his or her prize immediately, and a search for his or her identity starts. A recent win in the Mega Millions lottery in New Jersey is a good example of that. Someone won the Jackpot of 533 million euros, but hasn’t been identified yet. Will this mystery be solved soon?
Fourth largest Mega Millions draw
According to the law of New Jersey the name and the town of a Mega Millions winner has to be made public. However, it could be a person or organization. This has led to speculations that the winner might set up a trust before he or she claims the prize. The lucky player has made history. He or she has won the 10th largest lottery Jackpot in history and the fourth largest Mega Millions draw ever. It also happens to be the largest prize in New Jersey.
A wave of speculation in New Jersey
There is a lot of speculation about the identity of the Mega Millions winner. It’s a fact that the new multi millionaire bought a ticket at a mini-mart in New Jersey. He or she is living in Riverdale, which is located about 25 miles from New Tork State. It’s quite a small place with less than 5000 residents. The owner of the shop is Ameer Krass. He is quite a happy man as well, because 30.000 dollars is given to the owner who sells the winning ticket. Krass has already reviewed surveillance footage to see if he could identity the lucky winner, but to no avail. The Investigations for the New Jersey Lottery will soon take a look at it as well. It doesn’t have the surveillance footage in posession yet.
What does the staff know?
Ameer Krass and his staff know more. For example, Krass does know that the winner is a regular customer. He spoke to reporters and told that this what they were hoping for. Although the shop has a lot of customers, the staff knows many people by face or name. Krass also says that his highway station ‘has always been lucky’. A cashier from the same store told the press that the new multi millionaire is a male. So the mystery and speculation continues…
Lump sump or annuity
Hopefully the winner from New Jersey will claim the prize soon. If it happens, he or she can choose to receive the money in two ways. The first option is lump sump, which means that you receive the money all at once. In that case 317.2 million is added to the bank account. The second option is to take 533 million dollars with annuity. It means that he or she receives an amount of money for the next thirty years.