The largest lottery prize in history was claimed yesterday by a Florida citizen. Florida does not require lottery winners to disclose their identities, but this is the fourth time a major jackpot has been won by a Floridian.
A statement read, “Congratulations to the Florida Lottery for selling a jackpot-winning ticket in Tuesday’s $1.602 billion Mega Millions drawing. We congratulate our newest jackpot winner, as well as the more than 43.7 million winners at all prize levels throughout this jackpot run. We also celebrate the funds generated for the many good causes supported by our participating lotteries.”
It’s unclear if the winner chose the one time cash payout or elected to take the staggered checks. The winning ticket was sold at a Publix store at Neptune Beach.