The $30 million mystery has finally been solved.

A Mays Landing couple have claimed a $30 million Mega Millions lottery prize from a ticket they bought in May.

New Jersey lottery officials announced Wednesday that Darryl and Judith Smith turned in their winning ticket at the lottery’s headquarters in Trenton.

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“We are thankful for the blessing and the opportunities that it opens up for us,” Judith Smith said in a statement from the lottery. “We would greatly appreciate that our privacy be respected.”

The organization said the couple is camera shy. The Smith family could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Lottery spokeswoman Judith Drucker said the couple took the lump sum amount. That figure is about $20.5 million before taxes on a $30 million jackpot.

The Mega Millions ticket was purchased by Judith Smith at the Vineland Truck Stop on Harding Highway in Buena. It was the only ticket in the nation that matched all five white balls and the Gold Megaball for the May 31 drawing.

The couple took almost two months to identify themselves.

New Jersey Lottery held a press event at the truck stop in June to present the owner with a $30,000 check, its prize for selling the winning ticket. Officials had hoped the event would draw out the winning couple, but they remained unidentified until recently.

An employee of the truck stop said the owner could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.  

The last major Mega Millions win in the area occured in 2007, when John and Sandra Belawsky, of Middle Township, won $48.6 million.

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