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A ticketholder in Illinois won the $1.28 billion Mega Millions jackpot on Friday night.
The winning numbers were listed as 13, 36, 45, 57, 67 and the gold Mega ball was 14. The Megaplier was 2X.
The winning ticket was sold at the Speedy Café Speedway gas station on East Touhy Avenue in Des Plaines, Illinois.
The $1.28 billion Mega Millions prize is for winners who choose the annuity option, paid annually over 29 years.
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Most winners opt for the cash option, which was an estimated $747.2 million.
"Congratulations to the Illinois Lottery for selling the winning ticket for the $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot," Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald said in a statement. "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."
US lottery jackpot tops $1 bn, fourth highest ever
The jackpot for the upcoming drawing of the Mega Millions lottery has ballooned to more than $1 billion, the fourth highest prize ever, its US organizer announced Wednesday. The Mega Millions grand prize has been steadily growing, along with players' dreams of fortune, for over three months, with no one correctly guessing the six magic numbers in 29 previous drawings. Friday's estimated jackpot sits at just above $1 billion, Mega Millions announced in a press release.That represents an increase of nearly $200 million over Tuesday's top prize, which attracted so many players that the Mega Millions website was down for over two hours, the group said.
The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.
The odds of winning a $1 million prize – when the ticket matches the five white balls – are 1 in 12,607,306.
Lottery hopefuls flock to 'lucky' California store as $1bn jackpot looms
The odds of claiming this week's bonanza US lottery prize are less than one-in-300-million -- but one "lucky" convenience store outside Los Angeles is already counting its winnings. A sign above the counter of the otherwise unassuming shop in California's Chino Hills proclaims itself the "LUCKIEST 7-ELEVEN IN THE WORLD," six years after it sold a winning ticket for the largest jackpot in US lottery history. With the nationwide Mega Millions prize now exceeding $1 billion once again, customers from far and wide were lining up Thursday, hoping that lightning will strike twice.
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The Mega Millions website also shows 26 total winners of that prize and six Megaplier winners, receiving a prize of $2 million.
One $1,000,002 ticket was sold in New York City's Bronx at the New Way Deli & Lottery Corp.
The Mega Millions website says the next jackpot is set at $20 million.
The Mega Millions lottery game is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The game is coordinated by state lotteries.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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