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Winner of $1.35 billion lottery ticket, sold in Maine, finally comes forward

Customers are shown in the Hometown Gas & Grill on Jan. 14, 2023, Lebanon, Maine. A Mega Millions ticket purchased in the York County town matched the winning numbers for Friday night's estimated $1.35 billion grand prize.Derek Davis/Staff Photographer/AP/file

The winner of the $1.35 billion Mega Millions ticket that was sold in Maine last month has finally come forward but will remain anonymous, officials said Wednesday.

The person claimed the massive jackpot through the limited liability company LaKoma Island Investments, according to a statement from Maine State Lottery. The winner chose to receive a lump-sum payment of $723,564,144 before taxes instead of incremental payments over the next 30 years, the lottery said.

“The winner is thoughtfully considering the best uses of the life-changing prize,” a representative for the windfall recipient said, according to lottery officials. The drawing was on Jan. 13.


The winning ticket was sold at Hometown Gas & Grill in the small town of Lebanon, lottery officials said. The owner of the store received a $50,000 payout.

“We congratulate the winner of the Mega Millions jackpot and wish them all the best as they consider how to best use their recent winnings,” Lottery Operations Deputy Director Michael Boardman said.

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