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$239 Mega Millions Jackpot Still Unclaimed

25 February 2004

VIRGINIA – (Press Release) -- The identity of the person or persons who have the most talked-about slip of paper in America is still unknown. As of the close of business on Tuesday, February 24, 2004, the Virginia Lottery was still waiting to hear from the winner of the largest jackpot ever in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the second largest jackpot ever won in America by a single ticket.

"The suspense is definitely building," said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Penelope W. Kyle. "We have no way of knowing who has that ticket until he or she hands it to us for validation."

That ticket, wherever it is, was the only one to match all six numbers in the Friday, February 20, 2004 drawing to win the $239 million jackpot. It was purchased at Red Apple in Stephens City, Virginia. Those winning numbers were: 01-13-20-21-30 and the Mega Ball number was 24.

"Since that drawing, there has been a great deal of speculation about who bought the ticket," said Kyle. "When that person comes forward, he or she will have an important decision to make: whether to accept the $239 million in 26 annual payments of $9.19 million per year before taxes -- or the one-time cash option of approximately $141.5 million before taxes."

Mega Millions is played in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

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