Californian woman scoops whopping £416MILLION lottery prize but waits THREE MONTHS to collect cash

Californian woman scoops whopping £416MILLION lottery prize but waits THREE MONTHS to collect cash


A WOMAN scooped a $522million ( £416million) lottery prize – then waited three months to claim it
 Laarni Bibal discovered she’d won the jackpot after buying a Mega Millions ticket from a supermarket in San Diego, California
 But instead of rushing out to collect her cash, she placed her winning ticket in a “secret hiding place” until she was “ready”, reports the San Diego Tribune
 Bibal selected random numbers for her ticket, which she bought at Sorrento Deli-Mart in June
 Her winning combination was 27, 68, 17, 19 and 40, with 2 as her Mega number.  On September 17, lottery officials finally announced that they had a winner come forward
 Bibal told the California State Lottery that when she saw her numbers had just been drawn her “heart started beating really fast
”  But she refused to reveal where she’d stashed her ticket.  She said: “I can’t tell you – the secret hiding place is still a secret
”  Officials also revealed how Bibal, whose age and location remain a mystery, had consulted the Lottery Winners Handbook for information on how to handle her winnings
 She opted to take cash – which grants her $340million (£271million) before federal taxes
 According to reports, Bibal plans to buy a new home and pay off her bills.  The shop where Bibal bought her ticket also received a payout of $1million (£800,000)
 Co-owner Mazen Mikhael said in June: “It’s just awesome. It’s a dream come true
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