Washington man comes forward to claim $157 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot

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SEATTLE — A Washington man came forward Thursday to claim the $157 million Mega Millions jackpot that had gone unclaimed since the drawing on March 8.

A lottery spokeswoman said the man’s name is Michael Burkett, but no other information about him was released.

“Burkett presented the ticket at Washington’s Lottery headquarters in Olympia, together with his family,” a news release said.

He purchased one $5 Mega Millions ticket at a Seattle-area 7-Eleven (9200 35th Ave, SW Seattle WA 98126) using Quick Pick, the release said. He chose the one-time cash payment option before taxes of $102.8 million.

“After the reality of winning settled in, the winner’s first purchase was an Alienware PC from Dell. The man, who is a fan of electric vehicles, also shared that he has his eye on a new red Tesla,” the news release said.

This is Washington’s fourth Mega Millions jackpot winner. In January 2011, an individual won a $380 million Mega Millions jackpot, splitting the prize with another winner in Idaho.