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Ohio Mega Millions lottery winner claims prize

Sep 4, 2004, 8:43 am

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The owner of a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket claimed a multimillion-dollar prize Friday, ending two weeks of uncertainty.

The identity of the winner, however, remains a mystery.

Lottery officials announced Aug. 20 that the winning ticket for a $52 million jackpot was sold at a Shaker Heights store.  Lawyer Dennis Siciliano claimed the treasure as trustee for the ABC Blind Trust.  But Siciliano's client the real winner has not been identified.  Siciliano could not be reached for comment.

Mardele Cohen, spokeswoman for the Ohio Lottery Commission, said in a written statement that the trust would receive a lump-sum payment of a little over $30.5 million, before taxes.  The after-tax payout will amount to about $21.8 million.

Shaker Quality Foods receives a $52,000 bonus for selling the winning Mega Millions ticket.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions are 1 in 135 million, Cohen said.

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