MARLIN, Texas (KWTX) A Marlin resident has claimed a $24.75 million Lotto Texas jackpot, but the winner’s identity remains a mystery.
“The claimant elected to remain anonymous,” the Texas Lottery said in a press release early Wednesday afternoon.
A state law that went into effect in September 2017 allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.
The winner selected the cash value option when the ticket for the Dec. 2, 2017 drawing was purchased and received $17,367,065.53.
The winning ticket was sold at Evans Express Lube at 701 Live Oak St. in Marlin, and the company is eligible to receive a $247,926.51 retailer bonus.
The store’s owner, Charles Evans, 88, told KWTX in December he didn’t know who purchased the ticket.
Tammy Krumnow, who manages the store for Evans, said the person who won played six specific numbers rather than purchasing a quick-pick ticket, for which numbers are selected randomly.
"He or she has obviously been playing the game a long time,” she said.