Winner of $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot has just a few weeks left before a key claiming deadline

As of Thursday, a Mega Millions jackpot won in July remained unclaimed, according to an Illinois Lottery spokesperson.

If the winner doesn't claim the jackpot by Sept. 27 — 60 days after the July 29 drawing — the prize will default to the annuity option.

The one-time reduced lump-sum option — which is what most jackpot winners choose — for this $1.34 billion windfall is $780.5 million.

The clock is ticking for whoever landed the $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot in late July — if they want to claim their prize as a lump sum.

In Illinois, where the winning ticket was sold, Mega Millions winners get a year to claim their windfall if they want to receive it as an annuity spread over three decades

This means if the winner doesn't claim the jackpot by Sept. 27 — 60 days after the July 29 drawing — the prize will default to the annuity option.

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