CA Lottery Winner Still Hasn't Claimed Prize

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

Associated Press News Release

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- While the identity of the person who purchased one of two Mega Millions lottery winning tickets is a mystery, lottery officials say big prize winners often delay coming forward until after getting advice.

The California Lottery said Friday that the winning ticket holder who purchased it at a gift shop in San Jose had not come forward.

The jackpot is now revised up to $648 million. The name of a second winner in Georgia has already been announced.

Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso says the winner has a year to claim the money, so people often first confer with a lawyer and financial adviser to craft a plan for handling newfound wealth.

The jackpot comes to a total of $324 million per winner, or a $173.8 lump sum million before taxes.


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