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$1.13 billion Mega Millions jackpot in NJ remains unclaimed months after drawing

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The winner who bought a $1.13 billion Mega Millions ticket at a New Jersey liquor store in March has yet to claim the prize, the largest in the state’s history, lottery officials said.

The life-changing jackpot, the fifth largest in Mega Millions history, with a total prize of $537.5 million, was purchased at a ShopRite liquor store on Route 66 in Monmouth County.

But months later, no winner has emerged.

“The Mega Millions $1.13 billion jackpot won by a single ticket in Neptune, New Jersey on Tuesday, March 26 remains unclaimed at this time,” the New Jersey Lottery Association said. said in a statement on Tuesday..


Saker ShopRite owner Richard Saker received the check from New Jersey Lottery Executive Director James Carey in March. Doug Hood/USA TODAY Network

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The $1.13 billion prize has yet to be claimed. Getty Images

The winning numbers were 7, 11, 22, 29 and 38, and the golden Mega Ball was 4.

After 31 straight draws without a winner, the jackpot grew to more than $1 billion.

ShopRite Liquor Store received $30,000 in prize money from ticket sales.

As an alternative to a lump sum cash payment of $537.5 million, the winner will have the option to receive the entire prize in installments over 30 years.

The New Jersey Lottery encouraged unidentified winners to “sign their tickets, make copies, contact a professional or financial advisor” and file claims by phone.

Winners in the Garden State are allowed by law to remain anonymous, but anyone who wins more than $600 must provide identification to lottery officials to collect their prize.

Lottery officials share winners’ identities with state government agencies to ensure that claims for “outstanding debts” such as child support, loans or back taxes are reviewed.

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