Florida's Luckiest: Meet the $1.6B Mega Millions Winner!
Winner of the largest Mega Millions jackpot ($1.6 billion) confirmed in Florida after buying the ticket on Aug. 8.
The ticket was purchased at a Publix grocery store in Neptune Beach, just east of Jacksonville, making the buyer exceptionally lucky.
Interestingly, a nearby Publix sold tickets too. Had they bought from there, the excitement would've been significantly less – a $1.6 billion difference!
The winner came forward on Monday, with Florida lottery officials confirming the claim. The winner has 90 days from the claim date to remain anonymous.
Before this, the largest Mega Millions jackpot was $1.5 billion, sold on Oct. 23, 2018, in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
The winner's identity and whether they'll choose a lump sum or annual payout remain undisclosed.
Florida Lottery Anonymity
In Florida, winners can't stay completely anonymous due to state law, but there are temporary exemptions for winners claiming $250,000 or more.
Florida Lottery must provide specific winner information upon request, including name, city, game, date, and amount won, aligning with state mandates.
Winners claiming $250,000+ have a 90-day exemption from public disclosure, allowing a brief period of privacy before their information becomes public.
The winner has the option to waive anonymity during the temporary exemption period if they wish to be publicly acknowledged sooner.