Screen Shot 2022 07 30 at 8.15.16 PMOne of the largest lottery prizes in U.S. history is going to a person in Illinois.

During Friday’s drawing of the Mega Millions, one ticket matched all six numbers – the white balls 13, 36, 45, 57 and 67, plus the gold Mega Ball 14.

The pot was worth a staggering $1.337 billion ($780.5 million for a lump sum payout). It’s the second largest jackpot in the 20-year history of the game, topped only by the $1.537 billion won in South Carolina in 2018. The largest ever lottery prize won in the U.S. was a $1.58 billion Powerball in 2016. Three separate winning tickets were had in that drawing.

The Mega Millions jackpot that was hit on Friday had been rolling since it was last won at $20 million in April.

“Congratulations to the Illinois Lottery for selling the winning ticket for the $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot,” says Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald, currently serving as Lead Director for the Mega Millions Consortium. “We are thrilled to have witnessed one of the biggest jackpot wins in Mega Millions history. We’re eager to find out who won and look forward to congratulating the winner soon! Better still, this exciting jackpot run has had a significant positive impact on the revenues for good causes raised by our member lotteries.”

Twenty-six tickets matched all five white balls to win the game’s second-tier prize. Six of them included the optional Megaplier (available in most states with an extra $1 purchase), which was 2X on Friday night, and are worth $2 million each. Three were sold in Florida, and one each in Arkansas, Iowa, and Pennsylvania.

The other 20 second-tier prizes are worth $1 million each and were won in 15 different states: two each in Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina and Texas, and one each in California, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Nearly 400 other tickets won five-figure sums.

In total, there were 14,391,740 winning tickets sold across all nine prize tiers in the July 29 drawing, including the single jackpot-winning ticket.

The July 29 drawing was the fifth Mega Millions jackpot won to date this year. To start the year, a $426 million prize was won in California on January 28, followed by $128 million in New York on March 8, $110 million in Minnesota on April 12, and $20 million in Tennessee on April 15.




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