As of Aug. 6, the $25 million Mega Millions ticket sold in Missouri still remains unclaimed. The winning numbers were pulled July 31 and were 28, 32, 33, 40, 46 and the Mega Ball number is 10, reports KSHB Channel 41.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the winning ticket was sold in the southwest corner of the state at a convenience store in Noel, Missouri. The $25 million winning ticket is the first time that a Mega Millions jackpot ticket has been sold in Missouri.
As reported by KSHB Channel 41, Missouri Lottery director Mary Scheve Reardon recommends that the winner of the $25 million jackpot ticket should sign the back of the ticket, and put it in a safe place until the winner can take the ticket to the Missouri Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City. The $25 million ticket holder can also call Lottery headquarters to make arrangements.
According to the Missouri Lottery, the winning ticket holder has 180 days to claim the $25 million prize, in this case, until Jan. 27. According to KPLR 11, the winner of the $25 million prize can either receive a lump-sum payment, or 30 annuity payments over 29 years.
Since the Mega Millions game came to Missouri in January 2010, 31 Missouri players have won $250,000 in prizes, while another six players have held the winning ticket for the $1 million prize.
In June, another couple were the winners of a $15 million prize in Massachusetts. Those winning ticket holders were a newlywed couple who had stopped to by a lottery ticket on their honeymoon. Stacey Foster, of Orleans, was driving with her husband when they purchased a ticket at a store along Route 6 in Eastham, Massachusetts.
The couple initially wanted to buy another ticket, but when the couple entered Tedeschi Food Shops, they initially selected a ticket from behind a closed register. The clerk told them to choose one from behind the next open register, so they did, and it turned out to be a winning $15 million ticket. The couple chose a one time payout of $9.75 million, The store that sold the big win ticket, will also get $50,000 for selling a winning ticket.
The ticket holder of the $25 million prize isn't the first Missouri resident to win a big prize. Only last week, two longtime employees of the city of St. Louis were announced as the winners of the $70 million Powerball jackpot.
There's been no information about whether the store that sold the winning $25 million ticket in Missouri will also get a bonus for selling the winning ticket, although they generally do get a bonus of some sort.[Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images]