The second-largest Mega Millions jackpot has been claimed after one ticket for the whole $1.337 billion was sold in the Chicago region.
One ticket bought in Des Plaines, Illinois, won the top prize in Friday night's drawing, securing the third-largest jackpot of any US lottery game and capping a buildup that began when Mega Millions' last jackpot winner was announced in mid-April, according to the Illinois Lottery.
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According to the Illinois Lottery, the winning ticket was bought at a Speedway petrol station in Des Plaines, some 20 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The winner hasn't gotten in touch with us yet. We don't even sure whether they are aware that they won anything. Therefore, I urge everyone to verify their ticket "Harold Mays, the director of the Illinois Lottery, told reporters in Chicago on Saturday morning.
According to lottery operators, the jackpot increased from an initial estimate of $1.28 billion to $1.337 billion late on Friday. The ticket will result in a one-time payout of nearly $780 million if the buyer selects the lump-sum cash option. Otherwise, the award will be paid out in 29 yearly installments totaling around $1.34 billion.
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On Friday night, the winning numbers were 13, 36, 45, 57, 67, and a Mega Ball of 14. Mays estimates that selling the winning ticket will bring in $500,000 for the Des Plaines Speedway fueling station.
According to Mays, the winning ticketholder has a year from the drawing to claim the prize and the choice to remain anonymous. Lottery winners in Illinois who take home more than $250,000 can want to keep their name and address a secret.
A single ticket purchased in South Carolina in 2018 was the winner of the highest Mega Millions jackpot ever, which was $1.537 billion. According to Mega Millions, that is the second-biggest jackpot for any US lottery game and the greatest lottery payout ever won with only one ticket.
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On Friday, some other ticket holders also received significant winnings. A secondary reward of at least $1 million was won by 26 tickets because they matched the first five numbers.
Six of the 26 tickets, each worth $2 million, were purchased by players who not only correctly selected the game's first five numbers but also added $1 to trigger the "multiplier," which increases non-jackpot rewards.
According to authorities with the California lottery, one of the 26 tickets purchased there did not contain the multiplier but still ended up winning more than $4.2 million. This is due to the fact that all rewards in California must be dependent on sales and the number of winners rather than having a set value.
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Since mid-April, when the jackpot was won on consecutive draws on April 12 and April 15, the jackpot had been increasing. Since that time, no ticket has ever successfully matched all six numbers in a drawing held twice weekly. There is a one in 302,575,350 chance of winning the prize.
The Mega Millions website remained down for a period following the drawing on Friday night. According to the lottery's website, jackpots begin at $20 million and are increasingly dependent on game sales and interest rates.
The $20 million starting point will be the subject of the following drawing on Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET.
Every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. ET, Mega Millions of drawings are held. and tickets may be purchased in 45 states, Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands.