A single ticket purchased in a Chicago suburb shattered the odds and won the $1.337 million Mega Millions jackpot. The odds of winning the jackpot were one in 302.5 million.
According to megamillions.com, there was one jackpot-winning ticket in the Friday night drawing, and it was purchased at a Speedway gas station and convenience store in Des Plaines.
The winning numbers were: 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14.
“We are thrilled to have witnessed one of the largest jackpot prizes in Mega Millions history,” Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald, current CEO of the Mega Millions Consortium, said in a statement on the website. of the lottery. “We are anxious to know who has been the winner and we hope to be able to congratulate him soon.”
The amount of money accumulated was the third largest in the history of lotteries in the country. The prize was so high because, in the last 29 consecutive drawings held since April 15, none of the tickets sold matched all six winning numbers.
Lottery officials had estimated the jackpot to be $1.28 billion, but revised the number to $1.337 million on Saturday.
That prize is for the winners who choose the option to receive it in annual payments over 29 years, but almost all opt for the option of a single cash payment, which for this draw had an estimated amount of 780.5 million Dollars.
According to the Illinois Lottery, the store that sold the ticket is also a big winner, receiving half a million dollars just for selling the ticket. A Speedway store clerk who answered the phone but declined to give his name said the store has not been officially notified that it sold the winning ticket and learned from reporters who have called for comment.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states plus Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands, and is coordinated by state lotteries.
Across the country, state lottery systems use the proceeds to boost education, tourism, transportation, and more.