How long would you wait to claim a $126 million lottery? A day? A month? Six months?
A word of advice: every state has a time limit after which if unclaimed, a jackpot goes into the state’s general fund (or some other targetted beneficiary).
If it were me, I’d claim my money the next possible second I could. But that’s me.
Just in time for the holidays, a family from Union County, New Jersey has just come forward to claim their $126 million jackpot from the July 22, 2008 drawing.
Members of the Lopes family came forward during at a special Lottery holiday promotion to turn in their winning ticket as the first New Jersey winners of Mega Millions this year.
The Lopes family chose the cash option, which means they will receive a little over $75 million before taxes. Their winning ticket was purchased in the City of Newark.
The winning numbers were: 2, 16, 23, 29 and 32, and the Mega Ball number was 46.
Why did it take them so long? Here’s their quote as passed on to the press by the New Jersey Lottery:
“It took us a long time just to let the fact that we won sink in,” said Mr. Lopes. He went on to say that they put the ticket in a safe place and started thinking about the future and the future of their family.
The Lopes’ then sought out some legal and financial advice from professionals.
“I am pretty good with money,” said Lopes. “But when you’re talking $75 million, it doesn’t hurt to have an expert opinion or two.”
I wish them good luck.
And I wish everyone playing tonight’s Mega Million game good luck. The jackpot is worth $12 million.
Tomorrow night’s Powerball has a $50 million jackpot, estimated.
And Friday night’s Euro Millions begins at 15 million Euros.
Have you ever heard of Spain’s El Gordo (“The Fat One”) Lottery? Supposedly the biggest lottery in the world with over 1 billion dollars to be won? More on that later this week. the El Gordo draw is Dec. 22, Monday.