Three months after the draw, the woman wins an incredible lottery prize of $ 522 million
- Laarni Bibal bought a $ 2 Mega Millions ticket at a San Diego market in June
- She saw a winning ticket come from the same store three months ago on 8 June
- The winner said she put the ticket in a & # 39; secret hideout & # 39; and will now buy a house
A Californian woman has emerged as the winner of an amazing $ 522 million lottery prize – three months after the draw.
Laarni Bibal bought a $ 2 Mega Millions ticket from the Sorrento Deli-Mart in San Diego in June, but hid her ticket in a & # 39; secret hideout & # 39; until she was ready to make her claim.
She had selected random speed dial numbers for the ticket: 27, 68, 17, 19 and 40 with 2 as her mega number, the San Diego Union Tribute reported.
The day after the drawing on 7 June, Bibal discovered that a winning ticket had been purchased in the same store. But it wasn't until September 17 that lottery officials announced that a winner had come forward.
Laarni Bibal, from California, won a lottery prize of $ 522 million three months after the June 7 draw (stock image)
& # 39; My heart started beating very quickly! & # 39 ;, Bibal told the California State Lottery and remembered the moment when she saw her numbers were drawn.
But the lottery winner, whose age and location is unknown, decided to postpone the payment of her money and put her ticket on a & # 39; secret & # 39; to keep shelter.
& # 39; I can't tell you, & # 39; said Bibal. & # 39; The secret hiding place is still a secret! & # 39;
Officials also revealed that Bibal had consulted the Lottery Winners Handbook for information about dealing with its new wealth.
Her ticket was worth $ 522 million, officials said, and Bibal opted for the cash option – which gave her $ 340 million before federal taxes.
The winning $ 2 Mega Millions ticket was purchased from the Sorrento Deli-Mart in San Diego
She plans to use the money to buy a new house and pay off her bills.
The market from which the ticket was purchased, in Roselle Street, also received a payout of $ 1 million as part of the prize.
Co-owner Mazen Mikhael, who spoke in June, described how his daughter woke him and his wife after the draw to tell them that a winning ticket had come from their store.
& # 39; It's just amazing. It is a dream come true. We've been selling tickets for a long time, but nothing like this, & he said.
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