Two lucky people have claimed the $1,337 million billion Mega Millions jackpot after agreeing to split one-ticket winnings from the July draw.
The winners, who previously agreed to split the prize if they win, purchased their tickets in the Chicago, Illinois suburbs, as part of the July 29 draw, Lottery officials said Wednesday.
The jackpot is the third largest prize won in US history.
The winners, who also wished to remain anonymous, were said to be ‘over the moon’ with their monumental wins, according to lottery officials. They chose to receive a lump sum payment of $780.5 million. Winners have until September 27 to come forward and claim their earnings.
Both winners have spent the last few weeks working with professional legal and financial advisors, something lottery officials recommend to winners before going forward to claim their prizes.
“I have worked for the Illinois Lottery for over five years and this is by far the largest prize I have ever processed,” Illinois Lottery Claims Manager Luis Rodriguez said in a statement. “When we met the winning attorney, there was a real buzz of excitement in the room.”
‘It’s an surreal feeling to give this amount of money and know what a huge impact it will have on the lives of the winners, and for others close to them as well. It was an amazing feeling just to be a part of that process – so I can only imagine how the winners themselves must have felt.’
The lucky tickets were purchased at Speedway gas stations and convenience stores in Des Plaines, officials said.
The winning numbers are: 13-36-45-57-67, and the Mega Ball is 14.
The jackpot has grown exponentially after nothing has matched the six numbers the game has selected since April 15, meaning there have been 29 draws in a row with no winners.
No one has won the game since, leaving the jackpot at around $301 million.
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Source : metro.co.uk