Two colossal lottery jackpots, the Powerball and Mega Millions, boasting a combined value of $2.68 billion, remain unclaimed as the lucky ticket holders have yet to come forward. These monumental jackpots have garnered significant attention, with the Powerball prize amounting to $1.08 billion and the Mega Millions jackpot totaling $1.602 billion on an annuitized basis. The lottery drawings took place earlier in the summer.
In early August, an individual in Florida secured the massive Mega Millions grand prize with a ticket purchased from a Publix store in Neptune Beach. This marked the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever awarded. However, the winner has not yet stepped forward to claim their prize. Florida Mega Millions jackpot winners have 180 days from the drawing date to claim their winnings, which means the deadline falls on Sunday, February 4, 2024.
If the winner opts for a one-time lump sum payment of $783.3 million, the claim deadline shortens to 60 days after the drawing date, as stated in an August press release.
The Powerball jackpot, worth $1.08 billion, was won just a month before the Mega Millions prize. The winning Powerball ticket, matching the numbers drawn on July 19, was sold at Las Palmitas Mini Market in Los Angeles. However, the California Lottery has not yet identified the jackpot winner. The California Lottery indicated that there is no information to share at this time.
The California Lottery follows a thorough vetting process for prize verification, which involves a law enforcement officer interviewing the claimant before declaring them a winner. This process can take varying amounts of time, from weeks to months, depending on various factors. The deadline for the Powerball ticket holder to file a claim is exactly 12 months from July 19.
Notably, only two Powerball jackpots larger than the July prize have been awarded, with the largest being $2.04 billion in November of the previous year.
The Powerball jackpot recently surged back above $500 million, reaching an estimated $596 million, while Mega Millions conducted its most recent drawing on Friday night.
Both lotteries offer odds of winning the jackpot that are incredibly slim, with a 1 in 292.2 million chance for Powerball and slightly larger odds of 1 in nearly 302.6 million for Mega Millions. The anticipation continues for the as-yet-unrevealed jackpot winners to come forward and claim their life-changing prizes.
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