Winning $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot, 3rd largest U.S. history, claimed in Illinois

CHICAGO– Two people who wish to remain anonymous have claimed a $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot after a single ticket for the late July draw was sold in suburban Chicago, and settled for a $780.5 million lump sum payment US dollars decided, lottery officials said on Wednesday.

The Illinois Lottery said the prize for the July 29 draw, the country’s third-largest lottery prize, was claimed by two people who agreed to split the prize if they won.

Winners 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 wins. Whether a winner can remain anonymous varies by state.

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Lottery officials said the two individuals 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.

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According to, 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 grew so large because no one had guessed the game’s six selected numbers since April 15th. That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.

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