CHICAGO –The third Mega Millions winner of the record $656 million lottery prize has showed up and is going to be given a check at a press conference on Wednesday morning, says Illinois lottery officials on Monday.
The officials did not release the name of the winner for privacy reasons.
“Respecting the privacy of the winner, we cannot release their name or personal information until then,” lottery officials said.
The record-breaking jackpot was drawn on March 30. It is worth $158 million before taxes if taken in a lump sum, or $218.6 million if taken in 26 annual payments.
The holders of the other two tickets have already come forward, but the chose to stay anonymous. Some three friends who work in Maryland’s public school system claimed their prize, and one person who also won in Kansas did not reveal any details about themselves. They all opted for the lump sum.
Winners are required to reveal their identities and appear at a new conference under Illinois lottery rules.
42 states in the U.S participated in the Mega Millions lottery, the U.S Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C.