CHICAGO — Two people who wish to remain anonymous have claimed a $1,337 billion Mega Millions jackpot after a single ticket to the late July draw was sold in a suburb of Chicago, choosing to pay a lump sum of $780. 5 million, lottery officials said Wednesday.
The Illinois Lottery said the prize for the July 29 drawing, the country’s third-largest lottery prize, was claimed by two individuals who had agreed to split the prize if they won.
The winners wish to remain anonymous, and the Illinois Lottery said it could not share any information about the winners, other than to say they should absolutely be “over the moon” with their Mega Millions winnings. Whether a winner can remain anonymous varies by state.
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Lottery officials said the two people have been working with professional legal and financial advisors in recent weeks to support the claims process.
“These winners are now in the enviable position of deciding what to do with their newfound fortunes,” said Harold Mays, executive director of the Illinois Lottery.
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According to megamillions.com, a jackpot-winning 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 got so big because no one had matched the six selected numbers of the game since April 15th. That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.
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