Check your Tennessee Lottery Ticket: Are You A Millionaire?

Posted on April 22, 2022

Did you recently visit Pegram, Tennessee and buy a lottery ticket? You could be sitting on a gold mine and not even know it.

Someone purchased a $20 million winning Mega Millions lottery ticket this past Friday, April 15 at the Citgo Food Mart located at 560 Hwy. 70 in Pegram.

$20 million lottery ticket sold in Pegram, Tennessee

For those that aren’t familiar with the area, Pegram is a small town just 20 miles southwest of downtown Nashville.

No information is currently known about the owner of this lucky Mega Millions ticket. As of now, this substantial winning sum remains unclaimed.

This mystery winner isn’t the only walking away with a big pay day, though. Citgo store owner Rajesh Ghariali will receive $50,000 from the lottery as a prize for selling this winning ticket.

The unclaimed $20 million sum has a cash value of $11.9 million — more than enough to change anyone’s life. Since Mega Millions is a draw-style game like PowerBall, the winner has 180 days to claim the prize. For instant-win scratch-offs, players have 90 days.

This marks the first winning Mega Millions ticket that’s been purchased in Tennessee since 2014, when a Bellevue mother and her adult son won $61 million.

Claiming a winning Mega Millions ticket

Claiming a substantial win isn’t as simple as taking your winning scratch-off to the nearest lottery retailer. To claim any winning lottery ticket over $200,000, Tennessee residents can visit the Tennessee Lottery Headquarters in Nashville, TN.

In order to claim, you’ll want to bring your signed winning ticket and two forms of identification – a valid, government-issued ID and proof of your Social Security number.

And as always, there are particular factors you should take into account when deciding how you want to handle your big win. When appropriate, it’s best to seek legal advice.

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As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. She then returned to her love of written word in 2000 after working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer. As a journalist, she's covered a variety of topics and currently specializes in Tennessee online sports betting and Virginia casino news. She served as a panelist at this year's All American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry.

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