NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. — The ticket for $1.58 billion Mega Millions jackpot was sold in the Jacksonville area and on Wednesday, we found out the winner is a local.
The ticket for the Aug. 8 drawing was sold at the Publix located at 630 Atlantic Boulevard in Neptune Beach.
The local winner chose a one-time lump-sum cash option. Earlier Wednesday, the Lottery’s website said the local winner would be taking an annual payment.
This individual won the jackpot back in August and Action News Jax has been monitoring the Florida Lottery site to see when the winner would be identified.
On Wednesday, we discovered a document naming the winner. We found out where he lived and knocked on his door to see if he would talk about what he plans to do with all the money.
The man who answered the door told us he wasn’t interested in speaking with us, so Action News Jax decided we would not name him at this time.
But we believe he’s a local doctor who is still working!
Later Wednesday, we learned the Florida Lottery reposted a new document online that no longer includes his name and instead said the winner’s identity was exempt under Florida Statute.
It states his name is exempt for 90 days from the date the prize is claimed.
Originally, when the prize was claimed at the end of September, the Lottery’s website said the winner of this ticket took a cash option of $783 million and that the entity that claimed the ticket was based in Miami. The information has since been updated.
After taxes, the local winner is taking home almost $800 million.
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