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Winner who bought $375M Mega Millions ticket at Mentor Giant Eagle chooses $182M payout now

The winner chose cash now instead of a larger payout over several decades.

MENTOR, Ohio — Whoever bought the winning Ohio ticket for a $375 million Mega Millions prize last month will remain a mystery, at least publicly. 

The Ohio Lottery says its largest prize ever won has been claimed in trust. 

The winner or winners chose the cash option prize equivalent rather than a higher amount paid out over several decades. That means they get a lump payment now of about $182.5 million after tax withholdings of 28%. 

The winning ticket for the Dec. 17 drawing was bought using the auto lotto feature at a Giant Eagle supermarket in Mentor.

The winning numbers were: 22-30-53-55-56 +16. The Giant Eagle store also receives a $100,000 selling bonus.

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