The jackpot-winning ticket, sold at Publix located at 630 Atlantic Boulevard in Neptune Beach on Aug. 8, surpassed the previous record of $1.537 billion, won in South Carolina on Oct. 23, 2018.
The winning numbers for the record-breaking drawing were 13, 19, 20, 32, and 33, and Mega Ball 14. The Megaplier was 2X.
At the time, the winner was Florida’s fourth Mega Millions jackpot winner, however, a fifth jackpot-winning ticket worth $36 million was sold exactly one week later.
Who won the $1.6B jackpot?
According to the Florida Lottery, the winner of the $1.602 billion jackpot was “EXEMPT PURSUANT TO F.S. 24.1051.”
Confused? Here’s what that means:
In May, 2022, “the name of a winner of a prize valued at $250,000 or more” was added to the list of information made unavailable from “inspection or copying of public records.” That means the winner’s name was made confidential under state law — but there’s a catch.
“After 90 days, the winner’s name is no longer confidential or exempt,” the law states.
That means on Dec. 25, 2023, the Florida Lottery may legally release the name of the jackpot winner.
Lottery documents state the winner claimed the cash option of $783,300,000. The retailer received a $100,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket. If you want to learn how the lottery determines the cash prize, click here.