One of the Mega Millions winners has stepped forward to claim their prize. The winner, from Kansas, chose to stay anonymous and decided on taking one lump sum of $157 million (before taxes) which will be transferred into their bank account within a few days. All the winner said was that he or she was excited for retirement. Read more below.
Kansas state officials have confirmed that a ticket holder came forward to claim their share of the historic Mega Millions $656 million jackpot Friday, according to the Associated Press.
State officials said the winner would remain anonymous.
According to MSNBC, the winner chose to take the one lump-sum payment of about $157 million before taxes and now plans to retire.
“It’ll take a few days for us to transfer the money to their account. It was a single ticket holder–one person claimed the ticket,” Dennis Wilson, Kansas Lottery executive director, said at a press conference in Topeka.
The Kansas winner was one of three tickets to be sold with the correct combination of numbers necessary to claim a share of the $656 million jackpot.
The Illinois and Maryland Mega Millions winng ticket holders have yet to come forward with their tickets. A Maryland McDonald’s worker claimed she bought the winning ticket earlier in the week, but later said she lost it.