Hamilton County family claims $536 million Mega Millions prize, asks for privacy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Earlier this month, someone bought a Mega Millions ticket worth $536 million in Cambridge City.

We now know a little bit more about the family who won the life-changing money. According to Hoosier Lottery officials, the family lives in Hamilton County. They were born and raised in Indiana and have no plans to leave the state or quit their jobs after winning the largest Hoosier Lottery payout in state history.

They bought the ticket at a Speedway in Cambridge City while going out of state on a trip. They’d purchased Powerball tickets before, but this was the first time they’d played Mega Millions. The purchase of five “quick-pick” tickets came on a whim when they saw how large the jackpot had grown.

A representative for the family accepted their check for $536 million Friday morning. The check was made out to “Warren D LLC”; the winners opted for the lump sum payout, meaning they’re now $271 million richer once state and federal taxes are factored in.

According to the family’s representative, Lauren Littlefield of Willow Marketing, their primary concern is trying to maintain a sense of normalcy. The winners have two children and don’t want to move away from Indiana.

“We are humbled and overjoyed by our Mega Millions winnings,” the family said through a statement. “Our priority is to maintain a sense of normalcy for our children.”

Littlefield described the family as “grounded, kind and caring” during Friday’s news conference. She said they exemplify what it means to be a Hoosier.

“We love Indiana,” the family said in a statement read by Littlefield.

The winners actually forgot they’d bought tickets for Mega Millions and discovered they’d won days after the drawing. When they checked the numbers online, they rebooted their computer just to make sure it wasn’t a mistake.

“They’re going to continue to work,” Littlefield said. “They don’t want this to change their lives.”

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