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Record Mega Millions jackpot still unclaimed

Mar 4, 2004, 4:30 am

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Mega Millions

It's been 12 days since the single winning ticket for the $239 million Mega Millions lottery was announced, but no one has claimed the jackpot.

Officials of the 11-state Mega Millions lottery say the winning ticket was sold Feb. 20 at the Red Apple convenience store in Stephens City, Va., the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Penelope Kyle, executive director of the Virginia Lottery, said two mysterious "lawyers" called her office to say they represented the winner but they both have vanished.

Other than that, nothing has been heard from the ticket owner or owners.

Meanwhile, a news release from Kyle's office reads: "What can a person do with $239 million? Build a new lane in each direction on Interstate 95 from Newington to the Occoquan River ($68 million) and then drive on it with a fleet of 469 Rolls Royce Corniche Convertibles ($363,990 each)."

"We're running out of things to say," Kyle said of the releases they have put out daily.

By Virginia law, the winner has 180 days to claim the money.

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