CEDAR PARK, Texas — A $227 million Mega Millions jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Central Texas for the drawing held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, according to the Texas Lottery.
The claimant, who chose the cash value option, will receive $157,091,592 — the largest prize ever paid out to a single Texas Lottery player.
As of Wednesday morning, the prize had not been claimed, according to the Texas Lottery. The winner has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize.
The jackpot-winning ticket was purchased at the Lakeline Express Mart located at 2004 North Lakeline Boulevard in Cedar Park, Texas, which is located north of Austin.
According to the Texas Lottery, this is the 13th Mega Millions jackpot winner in Texas and first since October 2016 when It Will Buy Me a Boat Revocable Trust Dated November 17, 2016, Garon R. Horton, Trustee, of Rockwall, claimed a $49 million advertised prize.
"Texas joined the multijurisdictional game in 2003 and had its first Mega Millions jackpot winner in 2004 when Ut Van Nguyen of Carrollton claimed the $101 million advertised jackpot from the Oct. 1, 2004 drawing," stated the Texas Lottery in a press release.
"While Tuesday’s $227 million jackpot is the third-largest multijurisdictional jackpot hit in Texas, it will be the largest prize ever to be paid out to a Texas Lottery player," continued the release. "On Feb. 15, 2015, TL Management Trust of Austin and two out-of-state winners won a share of the $500 million advertised Powerball® jackpot prize and for the Mega Millions drawing on Aug. 31, 2007, SB Alchemy Holdings, Ltd., of Dallas, Texas shared the $330 million advertised jackpot prize with three out-of-state winners.
“We look forward to meeting Texas’ newest millionaire and we are excited to have another Mega Millions jackpot winner here in Texas,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “If you have the winning ticket, we encourage you to sign the ticket, put it in a safe place, seek financial and legal advice, and call the Texas Lottery before coming to Austin to claim the prize.”
The retailer is eligible to receive a $1 million retailer bonus for selling this jackpot-winning ticket.
In addition to the jackpot-winning prize, 53,805 Mega Millions tickets in Texas, including those with the Megaplier® add-on feature, won lower-tier prizes ranging from $40,000 to $2