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Mega Millions jackpot winner from Hamilton Co. Ind.

UPDATE 11:07 a.m.:

The family who has claimed the winning $540 million Hoosier Lottery Mega Millions jackpot has asked to remain anonymous and has claimed the prize using Warren D. LLC.

The family were first time Mega Millions ticket buyers and purchase five tickets the night their number was drawn.

Officials said the family is from Hamilton County, Indiana.

“We are excited…we are also overwhelmed,” according to a statement read by a representative for the family.

The family has asked for privacy for their family and said their priority is the safety and the future for their children.

The winning ticket was sold at a Speedway station in Cambridge City in Wayne County.

The winners after taxes received a lump sum payout of approximately $271 million, according to officials.

Update@2:40 p.m. (July 28):

The winner of the $540 million Hoosier Lottery Mega Millions jackpot has come forward, Indiana lottery officials said in a press release Thursday.

The $536 million jackpot is the third largest in the history of the game, the release said. One ticket matched all six numbers in the July 8 drawing. The winning numbers are: 8-19-20 - 55-73. The Mega Ball number is 5.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Speedway at 1589 N. State Road 1 in Cambridge City, In., according to the release. The winner has the choice to take payment of the $536 million as a 30-year annuity or in a one-time lump sum payment of $378 million (both before taxes).

If the lump sum is chosen, the final payout will be $271 million after taxes, officials said, noting that a press conference will be held Friday. The winner was not identified in the release.

UPDATE @ 12:02 p.m. (July 9):

The winner of the Mega Millions has not come forward, according to Dennis Rosebrough, the Director of Public Relations for the Hoosier Lottery.

Rosebrough said the winner has 180 days to do so. Under Indiana law, the winner’s name and hometown are public record and will be released to the public.

“We are extremely excited to hear the single winning ticket for the Mega Millions multi-state lottery was sold at a Speedway station in Wayne County,” Rosebrough said. “That was big news to have that winning ticket coming from a facility in Indiana.”

Rosebrough said the winner has two options: spread out the winnings over 30 years or take a cash settlement. After taxes, Rosebrough estimated the cash settlement would be $273 million.

The 30-year option would be “closer to the actual jackpot. If you take the lump sum payment, you don’t have the benefit of the interest accrual for the annuity,” Rosebrough said.

The Speedway where the winning ticket was sold will receive $100,000. Wayne County will not get a cut of the winnings, Rosebrough said.

News Center 7’s John Bedell will have more on this story later today.

INITIAL REPORT

The winning Mega Millions ticket was sold at a store in Wayne County, Ind., according to a release from Hoosier Lottery.

The winning ticket, worth an estimated $540 million or $381 million in cash, was sold at the Speedway, 1589 N. State Route 1, in Cambridge City, according to the release. The ticket has all six numbers — 8, 19, 20, 55 and 73, and the Mega Ball No. 5.

It was the third highest jackpot for a single ticket in Mega Millions history, according to Hoosier Lottery.

The odds of winning the jackpot were 1 in 258,890,850, with the overall odds at 1 in 15.

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