A shopper at a Speedway gas station and convenience store in Des Plaines, Illinois won the huge Mega Millions jackpot of nearly $1.34 billion on Friday night, according to the game’s website. lottery.
The closely watched jackpot, which soared by hundreds of millions in the last week alone, is the second largest in Mega Millions history. It is also the third highest lottery prize in the country to date across all games.
The winning numbers for the $1.337 billion jackpot (with an estimated cash option of $780.5 million) were: 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14.
The lucky ticket holder from Illinois won it all, beating the 1 in 303 million odds of winning the game’s jackpot. Mega Millions did not identify the ticket holder by name Saturday morning.
The winner took home the biggest lottery prize ever won in Illinois, according to the Illinois Lottery. The Speedway store also receives a cash bonus of $500,000 for selling the winning ticket.
“Congratulations to the Illinois Lottery for selling the winning ticket,” Pat McDonald, Ohio Lottery Manager and current Mega Millions Consortium Senior Manager, said in a press release. “We are thrilled to have witnessed one of the biggest jackpot wins in Mega Millions history. We can’t wait to find out who won and we look forward to congratulating the winner soon!”
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Also in Friday’s draw, 26 tickets won prizes of $1 million – matching all five numbers except for the Mega Ball. These winners were located in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and in Wisconsin.
Six tickets matched all five numbers except for the Mega Ball and included the Megaplier worth $2 million. Three winning tickets were purchased in Florida, while the other winners were sold in Arizona, Iowa and Pennsylvania.
At the time of Friday’s draw, the jackpot was $1.28 billion. Lottery officials announced that the amount had risen to $1.337 billion on Saturday morning, according to the Mega Millions site. The $1.337 billion jackpot is for winners who choose the annuity option, with the prize paid out over 29 years. Most opt for the cash option, which for Friday night’s draw was estimated at $780.5 million.
Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot became so big because no one had matched the game’s selected numbers since April 15 – marking 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.
Mega Millions jackpots start at $20 million and increase based on ticket sales and interest rates, according to the game’s website. If no one wins, the amount is added to the jackpot in the next draw.
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To date, the biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever won was $1.537 billion, won in South Carolina on October 23, 2018. In addition to Friday’s $1.34 billion, four Mega Millions jackpots have been won in 2022 so far — in California, New York, Minnesota and Tennessee — according to the game’s website.
Looking at all of the country’s lottery games, only two prizes topped Friday’s $1.337 billion: the $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot and a record $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot won on January 13, 2016. .
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Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands. The game is coordinated by state lotteries.
Draws are held twice a week around 11 p.m. ET every Tuesday and Friday. The next draw will take place on Tuesday, August 2.
Contributor: Mike Snider, USA TODAY. Indianapolis star Chris Sims. -.