Someone’s life has definitely changed following the announcement there was a single winning ticket sold in Illinois for Friday’s Mega Millions Lottery that had a top prize of nearly $1.34 billion.
The ticket was sold at a Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, a suburb roughly 20 minutes northwest of Chicago and three miles from O’Hare International Airport. The Speedway, which will receive $500,000 for selling the winning ticket that contained the numbers 13, 36, 45, 57, 67, and 14 as the Mega Ball, is also located less than three miles from Rivers Casino, the state’s most popular casino venue.
The volume of play from when no one won the previous drawing Tuesday night swelled the jackpot from an estimated $1.28 billion when originally announced ahead of Friday night’s drawing. The winning ticket hit on the 30th drawing since the last ticket that had all five numbers and the Mega Ball had been sold in Tennessee on April 15.
We may never know who the winner is
Someone in Illinois won the $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot — the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. (via @CNBCMakeIt) https://t.co/3OjoQvAs4e
— CNBC (@CNBC) August 1, 2022
“We have not heard from the winner yet. We don’t know whether or not they’re aware they’ve won this incredible prize. So we’re telling all of our players — check your tickets,” Illinois Lottery Director Harold Mays said Saturday. “Millions of people across the country had tickets for the draw. We’re thrilled that an Illinois Lottery player won this prize, and that one of our local retailers sold the winning ticket — meaning they get a cash bonus of $500,000.”
Friday’s winner has one full year from the time of the drawing to claim their prize, and Illinois law allows for the winner to remain confidential if they choose since the prize is more than $250,000. If the winner selected the cash option, the payout would be approximately $780 million before taxes. Otherwise, the roughly $1.34 billion would be paid out over 29 annual payments, averaging approximately $46.2 million before taxes. The annual payments increase by 5% each year, done to help “protect winners’ lifestyle and purchasing power in periods of inflation,” according to the official Mega Millions website.
It is the second-largest Mega Millions lottery prize in United States history and third-largest lottery prize overall. A single winning ticket was sold for a $1.537 billion Mega Millions lottery in South Carolina in 2018, and three winners in California, Florida, and Tennessee shared a $1.586 billion Powerball prize in 2016.
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