Illinois– It’s been almost a month since the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot ticket sold, but the winner still hasn’t claimed all the money.
Americans watched for almost a month as the Mega Millions jackpot grew to a whopping $1.34 billion.
After 29 consecutive draws without a winner, a winning ticket was finally sold at a gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois.
But so far no one has come forward with the golden ticket.
The Illinois lottery director says the winner has one year from the date of the drawing to claim the money, and since the amount is more than $250,000, the winner can choose to remain anonymous in Illinois.
The $1.34 billion prize is for players paid with the annuity option, which makes 30 annual payments spread over 29 years.
Almost all jackpot winners go for the cash option, which is estimated at $747.2 million before tax for this lucky winner.
The $1.34 billion jackpot was the second largest in Mega Millions history.
In 2018, a winning ticket was sold in South Carolina for the price of $1.537 billion. The US record jackpot is $1.586 billion for a Powerball draw in January 2016.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are a staggering 1 in 302.5 million.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states plus Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.
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