There’s just one problem: The winner hasn’t picked up their gargantuan prize yet.
But as of August 30, the jackpot still hasn’t been claimed, Meghan Powers, director of communications at the Illinois Lottery, told CNN.
Prizes must be claimed within one year, says the Illinois Lottery.
“For a prize of this magnitude, it’s not unusual for the winner to take a while to claim,” said Illinois Lottery Director Harold Mays in the release. “I’m sure they’re going through a range of emotions.”
The lottery advises winners to sign the back of their ticket and store it safely, consult professional financial and legal advice about their winnings, and then call the lottery hotline to arrange a time to claim their prize.
Even if the prize is claimed, the greater public may still never know who the lucky winner is. Winners of $250,000 or more can stay anonymous in Illinois, says the lottery.
“We will work closely with the winner to respect any wishes for privacy and support them in any way we can to provide a positive winning experience,” said Mays in the release.