Someone in Missouri won a $71.5 million jackpot on Christmas night, but under a new policy, Missouri Lottery officials aren’t saying where the winning ticket was sold until a winner is verified. The policy was enacted six months ago to give winners of Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots a chance to make plans before gossip about a win in their area gets around.
Lottery spokeswoman Susan Goedde would only say that someone submitted a claim for the winning ticket Thursday, and it could take a day or two to verify the claim. The winner’s name and the retail location where the ticket was sold will be released once a winner is confirmed.
The policy was created to give winners more time to contact attorneys and accountants and make other arrangements before they’re swarmed with attention. In the past, Goedde said, some of the state’s largest winners have been overwhelmed with phone calls, media attention and people visiting their homes.