A cashier holds a Mega Millions lottery ticket at a convenience store in Lisbon, Maine, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. With tickets selling well, the jackpot for tonight's drawing is now at an estimated $636 million, the second-biggest lottery prize in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
SAN JOSE, Calif. —
While the identity of the person who purchased one of two Mega Millions lottery winning tickets in San Jose is a mystery, lottery officials say big prize winners often delay coming forward until after getting advice.
The California Lottery said Friday that the winning ticket holder who purchased it at a gift shop in San Jose had not come forward.
The jackpot is now revised up to $648 million. The name of a second winner in Georgia has already been announced.
Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso says the winner has a year to claim the money, so people often first confer with a lawyer and financial adviser to craft a plan for handling newfound wealth.
The jackpot comes to a total of $324 million per winner, or a $173.8 lump sum million before taxes.
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