After almost 8 weeks of waiting, the winner of the third largest jackpot in lottery history has claimed his prize.
CHICAGO – Two people who wish to remain anonymous have subsequently hit a $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot a single ticket for the draw at the end of July was sold in a suburb of Chicago, lottery officials said on Wednesday.
The Illinois Lottery said the prize for the July 29 drawing was claimed by two people who agreed to split the prize if they won.
Some states, including Illinois, allow winners of large lottery prizes to maintain their anonymity to avoid some of the problems that can arise when it is public knowledge that someone has recently received a large sum of money.
The winners in this case wish to remain anonymous, and the Illinois Lottery said it cannot release any information about the winners other than to say they must be absolutely “over the moon” with their Mega Millions win.
Lottery officials said the winners opted for the $780.5 million lump sum payment. The lottery said the two people have spent the past few weeks working with professional legal and financial advisors to assist in the claims process.
“These winners are now in the enviable position of deciding what to do with their newfound fortune,” said Harold Mays, director of the Illinois Lottery.
According to megamillions.com, a jackpot winner ticket 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.
The jackpot was that the nation’s third-largest lottery win. It got so big because no one had matched the game’s six chosen numbers since April 15th. That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.
https://www.kvue.com/article/news/nation-world/illinois-lottery-mega-millions-jackpot/507-13da6a14-a5bd-4007-8213-a1f307cfa255 Who Won the $1.3 Billion Mega Millions Prize? Two people share the jackpot