Lottery say $536M Mega Millions jackpot claimed in Indiana

Daily Freeman file

Daily Freeman file

Lottery officials in IN said Thursday that they plan to announce the victor of a $536 million Mega Millions jackpot drawn earlier this month on Friday afternoon.

The family didn't claim the jackpot in person but instead sent a representative to Friday's news conference at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.

Lottery director Sarah Taylor said this was their first time to the play the Mega Millions game.

Littlefield says the couple and their two children live just north of Indianapolis. They checked the tickets for matching numbers on the Hoosier Lottery website.

The only winning ticket for the jackpot was sold in Cambridge City, a town of about 2,000 residents roughly 50 miles east of Indianapolis.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 258,890,850.

She said, "The Mega Millions tickets were pulled from a pocket when they returned home from their weekend trip".

The winners had the choice to take payment of the $536 million as a 30-year annuity or in a one-time lump sum payment.

With no victor on Friday night, the jackpot for the next drawing on Tuesday has grown to $449 million, said California lottery spokeswoman Cathy Johnston in a phone interview. Those include a 2012 Hoosier Lotto prize worth $34.5 million and a 2008 Powerball jackpot worth $57.6 million.

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