$1.28 billion Mega Millions winning ticket purchased in Illinois


CHICAGO – Someone in a Chicago suburb beat all the odds and won the $1.28 billion Mega Millions jackpot.

According to megamillions.com, there was a jackpot-winning ticket in Friday night’s draw, 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 biggest jackpot wins in Mega Millions history,” said Pat McDonald, Ohio Lottery Manager, currently Senior Manager of the Mega Millions Consortium, in a statement posted on the lottery’s website. “We can’t wait to find out who won and we look forward to congratulating the winner soon!”

The jackpot was the third largest lottery prize in the country. It became so important because no one had matched the game’s six selected numbers since April 15. That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.

The $1.28 billion prize is for winners who choose the annuity option, paid annually over 29 years. Most winners opt for the cash option, which for Friday night’s draw was estimated at $747.2 million.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.

According to the Illinois Lottery, the store that sold the ticket is also a very big winner; he will receive half a million dollars just for the sale of the ticket.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands. The game is coordinated by state lotteries.

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