Official: Mega Millions winner comes forward
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For now, however, the identity of the Mega Millions ticket holder remains a mystery.
“When we are ready to make an announcement, we will send out the regular media advisory with a date and time for when a winner will be presented,” said Christy Calicchia, a New York Lottery spokeswoman, who neither confirmed nor denied that a winner had come forward.
King Kullen employees are "looking forward to finally learning the identity of the lucky Mega winner," Tony Femminella, vice president of store operations, said in a statement.
Since the drawing, store employees, patrons and wannabe-lottery winners on Long Island have been agog over who had won.
A lottery spokeswoman last month said the jackpot's lump-sum cash option -- a one-time payment instead of an annuity paid over 26 years -- is worth $153.3 million before taxes.
The jackpot exceeded the previous largest one on Long Island by about $6.1 million.
Twenty Melville Costco employees who won $201.9 million claimed their Power Ball prize on June 1, 2011. And Richard and Mary Morrison, formerly of Miller Place, claimed a $165 million Mega Millions prize on Jan. 4, 2010. They now live in Belle Terre.