New Jersey's Mega Millions winner has yet to claim their $533 million prize, but the owner of the Morris County store that sold the ticket says he knows who it is, and that he's keeping it a secret.
Lukoil South in Riverdale received a $30,000 retail selling bonus on Monday. The owner said that's secondary to how happy he is for the winner.
"It's really about the winner and what they're going to do with the money," said store owner Ameer Krass.
Lukoil South sold the winning tickets for the fourth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history to one of its regulars, Krass said, which he confirmed by reviewing surveillance footage.
The jackpot grew to $533 million, up from the original $521 million, after all sales were accounted for, New Jersey Lottery Acting Executive Director John White said.
"You can do a lot of good with that money for yourself and especially for those around you," Krass said. "We know the majority of our customers by face and by name. I think it's up to them to share who they are."
White said that lottery officials have yet to validate the winning ticket, and cannot keep the winner's identity a secret once they claim the cash prize of over $300 million.
"This is life changing money of huge proportions," White said. "Whoever it is is probably seeking financial and legal advice. It usually takes five to 10 business days for people to claim their prize." nj.com