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Record Mega Millions ticket sold at Neptune Beach Publix

Published on August 9, 2023 at 9:34 am

The sole winner in the $1.58 billion Mega Millions drawing Tuesday bought the ticket at a Publix in Neptune Beach.

The prize was the largest in Mega Millions history. The ticket was sold at Publix at 630 Atlantic Blvd., the Florida Lottery announced Wednesday.

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The retailer will receive $100,000 for selling the winning ticket.

The winner can receive the prize in 30 annual installments or as a one-time lump sum of $783.3 million. Prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing, but the claim must be filed within 60 days if the winner wants the lump-sum payment.

Because the prize is more than $1 million, it must be claimed in person at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.

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In addition to the jackpot prize, Tuesday’s drawing produced one $2 million Florida winner. That ticket was purchased at Kwik Stop in Hollywood. The store will get $1,000 for selling the ticket.

Florida law does not allow lottery winners to remain anonymous, although the name will not be disclosed to the public for 90 days after the prize is claimed — unless the winner allows it.

The Florida Lottery must release the name, city of residence, game won, date won and amount won to any third party who requests the information. The winners’ street addresses and telephone numbers are kept confidential.


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Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. 

author image Senior News Editor

Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. 


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