$536M Mega Millions jackpot claimed by anonymous couple

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo a clerk prepares to operate a lottery machine to print out Mega Millions lottery tickets for a customer in Muncie, Ind. The March 18, 2014 estimated $400 million Mega Millions jackpot could potentially be the sixth-largest in lottery prize in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A spokeswoman says a central Indiana couple won the $536 million Mega Millions jackpot drawn this month, but they’ve chosen to remain anonymous.

The couple’s spokeswoman, Lauren Littlefield, attended a news conference Friday with Hoosier Lottery officials. Lottery director Sarah Taylor confirmed the couple purchased the sole winning ticket for the July 8 drawing.

Littlefield says the couple and their two children live just north of Indianapolis. She says they bought five tickets with computer-generated numbers at a gas station along Interstate 70 in Cambridge City while heading to a youth sporting event.

Taylor says the couple will take a $271 million lump sum, after taxes. Littlefield says they were first-time Mega Millions players.

Indiana allows jackpot winners to remain anonymous. The jackpot was the third-largest in Mega Millions history.

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