Winner of Illinois’ $1.34 billion lottery ticket has less than 10 days to make a decision – NBC Chicago

Tick ​​tock, tick tock.

According to Illinois lottery officials, the Illinois winner of the July 29 $1.34 billion Mega Millions lottery ticket, purchased at a gas station in suburban Des Plaines, will not is still not manifested.

“As for the winner, we haven’t heard of the winner yet,” Illinois Lottery Director Harold Mays said earlier this summer at a press conference. “We don’t know whether or not they know they won the prize, so I encourage everyone to check your ticket.”

It turns out, however, that it’s not that unusual.

“For a prize of this magnitude, it’s not uncommon for the winner to take a long time to claim it,” Mays previously said in a statement. “I’m sure they go through a range of emotions.”

The Illinois Lottery encourages the winner to sign the back of their ticket, seek legal advice, and make an appointment with the Illinois Lottery to claim their prize.

And while the winner has 12 months from the date of the draw to claim their winnings, Illinois lottery officials say Illinois winners of $250,000 or more can choose not to disclose their winnings. nouns.

But there is a more pressing deadline: according to lottery officials.

According to the Illinois Lottery Winner’s Handbook, “Lotto, Mega Millions, and Powerball winners have 60 days after the draw date to choose the cash option or annual payments.”

The $1.337 billion prize would be paid annually over 29 years if the winner chooses the annuity option. If the winner opts for cash, they would receive approximately $780.5 million.

“Failure to choose a payment option within the 60-day period will automatically result in the payment of an annuity,” the manual states.

Since September 19, time is running out. The winner has only 8 days to decide.

The $1.337 billion prize will be paid annually over 29 years if the winner chooses the annuity option. If the winner opts for cash, they will receive approximately $780.5 million.

And the clock is ticking. Since September 19, the winner has only 27 days left to decide.

Going forward, if no one claims the prize within the allotted 12-month period, each state that participated in the game will get back all the money they contributed to the unclaimed jackpot. The Illinois Lottery said each state can use its unclaimed lottery prizes for various purposes.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Lottery has revealed another winner: Speedway, the gas station chain perched at 885 E. Touhy Ave., will receive a half-million dollar bonus for selling the winning ticket. .

NBC Chicago

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