One ticket bought in a suburb of Chicago beat the odds and won a million dollar raffle.
According to the lottery website, there was a jackpot winning ticket in the Friday night raffle, purchased at a Speedway gas station and convenience store in Des Plaines.
The winning numbers were: 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14.
“We are thrilled to witness one of the biggest jackpots in Mega Millions history,” Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald, current director of the Mega Millions Federation, said in a statement on the lottery website.
“We look forward to knowing the winner and we look forward to congratulating the winner soon!”
A man writes down the numbers he wants to enter into the Mega Million card draw – Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez / AP
The jackpot was the third largest lottery prize in the country. It has grown so much that it hasn’t matched one of the game’s six chosen numbers since April 15th. There are 29 consecutive draws without a winner.
Lottery officials estimated the win at $1.28 billion but revised the figure to $1.337 billion on Saturday. Including tax and tax deductions, the total estimated value of the winner is $780.5 million (approximately R$4 billion).
According to Mega Millions, the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.
Mega Millions lottery tickets at the Texas State Department Store – Photo: Tony Gutierrez / AP
According to the Illinois Lottery, the store that sold the ticket is also a big winner; They will get half a million dollars just for selling the ticket. A Speedway store employee who answered the phone but declined to be named, said the store had not been formally notified that it had sold the winning ticket and had learned about it from reporters who requested comment.
Illinois is among the states where winners of more than $250,000 can choose to remain anonymous, and Illinois Lottery spokeswoman Emilia Mazur said the vast majority of those winners do exactly that.
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