According to state officials on Wednesday, the fourth-largest jackpot in American history, at $1.35 billion, has been claimed.
The winner has previously been and still is a mystery.
According to the Maine State Lottery, the winner opted to stay anonymous and take the cash option through a limited liability company, LaKoma Island Investments LLC, instead of getting the entire sum in installments over time.
A spokesperson said, “the winner is carefully contemplating the best usage of the life-changing reward.”
According to the officials, the winner will get a one-time, lump-sum payout of $723,564,144 before taxes if they choose the cash option.
According to lottery organizers, the winner could reveal themselves in person with the winning ticket or maintain anonymity by using a trust.
According to Michael Boardman, deputy director of the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operation, the winning ticket was verified when a representative visited the lottery’s headquarters in Augusta on Friday, and the money will be wired over by the end of the week.
“I can see why someone with this type of money would wish to remain nameless. We hope they use it well and wish them well,” he said.
Hometown Gas & Restaurant in Lebanon, situated on a main highway in a tiny town close to the New Hampshire border, is where the winning ticket for the drawing on January 13 was bought.
Fred Cotreau, the proprietor, claimed he did not know who owned the winning ticket.
We will wait to find out if it is local. The future? Cotreau, who split the $50,000 store profit from selling the winning ticket with his staff, said, “Sometimes they come to the store and say thank you, but I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.
There would have been 30 payments made over 29 years if the winner had opted to accept the full sum, according to Boardman.
According to Boardman, the winner will get more than $498 million after taxes if they accept the cash award. According to him, $51 million in state taxes and $173.6 million in federal taxes will be paid.
According to him, the limited liability business that will receive the funds was created in Las Vegas.
At the drawing on Friday the 13th, the winner bested long odds of 1 in 302.6 million. The Mega Millions jackpot, played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States, saw its first winner from Maine. Caribbean islands.