Who bought the ticket?
Lottery officials said Friday that one ticket has “passed initial inquiry,” but has yet to be claimed.
“I don’t know who bought the ticket, but obviously we are excited,” said Robert Rivera, an Arlington City Councilman and Texas Lottery Commissioner. “There’s lots of excitement and interest in who could have won the award.”
The person who bought the ticket still has nearly six months left to claim the prize, which, since he or she chose the cash value option, will be more than $9.8 million.
Here’s what lottery officials know:
▪ No claim has yet been made.
▪ One ticket — sold at the Kroger at 2350 SE Green Oaks Blvd. — matched the wining numbers in the June 18 Lotto drawing.
▪ The winning numbers were 2, 19, 25, 28, 30 and 51.
▪ The Kroger store that sold the ticket will receive a bonus of $132,214.29. Kroger officials referred comment about the ticket to the Lottery Commission.
Lottery prizes of this size are claimed at the Texas Lottery Commission office in Austin.
Generally the store that sells a winning ticket gives their employees a share of the bonus — something Rivera said he hopes happens this time as well.
“Obviously people are glad to see that one of their neighbors won this in Arlington,” Rivera said, noting that the ticket was sold in his council district. “I’m looking forward to ... the large press conference and presenting the traditional giant check” to the winner.
He did say that the winner could choose to remain private, if they’d like, or go public when they claim the winnings.
Rivera said it isn’t a surprise that the winner hasn’t publicly stepped forward to claim the prize yet.
“My guess is they’ll try to figure out, for tax purposes, the best way to claim the prize,” he said. “The good thing is we identified location and there was a winning ticket in Arlington.”
What to do if you win the lottery
The Texas Lottery Commisison and Money Crashers offers a few tips on the best way to go about handling business if you should happen to win the lottery. Here are a few of their suggestions:
▪ Sign the back of the ticket.
▪ Keep the ticket safe. Put it in a home safe or safe deposit box after making copies.
▪ Don’t rush to claim the prize. Make sure you talk to tax attorneys, accountants and any other professionals first.
▪ Don’t quit your job right away. You don’t know how long it will take to claim the money.
▪ Change your phone number. Once word gets out that you’re the winner, you will start to hear from people you’ve never heard of — or people you haven’t heard from in a long time — wanting a helping hand.
For more information, contact the Texas Lottery Commission online at www.txlottery.org or call the agency at 1-800-375-6886.
Source: Money Crashers, Texas Lottery Commission