Sep 21, 2005, 12:35 pm
Officials with the New Jersey Lottery on Wednesday announced that a person purported to be a legal representative for the winner of a massive Mega Millions drawing has come forward.
Lottery officials released few details, but said they were trying to verify the ticket was authentic.
Lottery officials also announced that the jackpot, originally believed to be worth $250 million, was actually valued at $258 million since ticket sales before the drawing Friday were larger than expected.
Besides being New Jersey's largest single-ticket jackpot, it is also the fifth-largest prize in the history of Mega Millions, which is played in California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
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