Retiree claims $87 million Mega Millions prize from ticket bought in White Oak

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MIDDLETOWN — A retiree claimed an $87 million prize in the Mega Millions game today.

Pennsylvania lottery officials presented Carl Szott with a ceremonial check at agency headquarters in Middletown. Mr. Szott won the drawing on May 20 but didn’t come forward until now. His ticket matched all five white balls, 10-40-63-64-69, plus the Megaball, 07.

Mr. Szott bought the ticket at White Oak Gas & Grocery in White Oak. The store will get a $100,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

Mr. Szott said that after winning he called his wife, Janet, and they decided to keep the news to themselves, and didn’t even tell their children until a late-summer family vacation.

“Winning the jackpot has been a surreal experience,” Mr. Szott said. “We are really excited to be able to spend more time with our children and grandchildren.”

The jackpot started growing in early April and rolled over 12 times. Mr. Szott had a choice of a $149 million annuity or nearly $87 million in cash, less 25 percent federal withholding.


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