We may never know who won the $1.3 billion Mega Millions jackpot

There’s a chance the identity of the $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot winner will never be known – thanks to an Illinois law allowing people who win over $250,000 to keep their names secret.

The winning ticket for the jaw-dropping fortune was sold at the Speedy Cafe Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, lottery officials said.

No one has yet come forward to claim the huge prize – with lotto officials saying it’s not even clear if the winner was an individual or a pool.

Illinois is one of the few states that allows lotto winners to remain anonymous.

According to a list compiled by Fox News.

But in New York, winners should expect to be required to attend a public announcement or press event, according to the state lottery website.

While Illinois winners have the option of remaining anonymous, New York Lotto winners do not have that luxury.
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“The New York Lottery is a government agency and lottery prizes are public funds, so we owe it to all of our players to disclose the names of winners,” the site says.

Still, lotto anonymity has grown in recent years, including in New York, where a proposal was passed by the state legislature in 2019 before being rejected by the government at the time. . Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo’s 2019 veto post advised winners who wanted to try to keep their identities hidden to set up an LLC to collect the winnings on their behalf.

The winner of the highest ticket of all time – for $1.537 billion, purchased in South Carolina in 2018 – has yet to be revealed.

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