It’s been one month since the lucky player won $1.34 billion in Mega Millions jackpot – but prize winners still have not claimed their fortunes, lottery officials said Thursday.
The winning tickets from the July 29 raffle went on sale at a Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois.
The massive jackpot marked the largest lottery prize ever won in Illinois, and the third largest lottery prize ever won in the US.
“For a prize of this magnitude, it’s not uncommon for winners to take a while to claim,” said Illinois Lottery Director Harold Mays a week after drawing. “I’m sure they experience a variety of emotions.”
The Illinois Mega Millions player who took home a jackpot of over $250,000 had the option to remain anonymous, but Mays speculated that the winner might not even know they were holding the shocking ticket.
Winners can wait an entire year to claim money, but they only have 60 days from the draw date to decide whether they want to be paid $1.34 billion over 29 years or a total of $780 million in cash.
Speedway Des Plaines, the retailer that sold last month’s winning ticket, is also entitled to a $500,000 cash bonus.
“Nothing makes us happier than bringing a little joy into the lives of our customers – or in this case, a lot of joy!” said Michael Browning, Regional Director for Speedway, in a statement.
The workers at the gas station remain tight-lipped about who they think will win, Daily Mail says.