Two people who wish to remain anonymous have claimed a Mega Millions jackpot of $1.337 billion after a single ticket for the end of July draw was sold in a Chicago suburb, opting for a lump sum payout of $780.5 million , lottery officials said Wednesday.
The Illinois Lottery said the July 29 draw prize, which was the nation’s third-largest lottery prize, was claimed by two people who agreed to split the prize if they won. The two, who followed the lead of the vast majority of winners choosing to remain anonymous, had until September 27 to opt in to the lump sum payment, said Emilia Mazur, spokeswoman for Camelot Illinois, the private manager of the Illinois Lottery. .
The Illinois Lottery said it was unable to share information about the winners except to say they must have been absolutely “over the moon” with their Mega Millions win. Illinois is one of at least 16 states where winners can remain anonymous.
Lottery officials said the two people had spent the past few weeks working with professional legal and financial advisers to support the claims process – something experts recommend lottery winners do.
“These winners are now in the enviable position of deciding what to do with their newfound fortune,” said Illinois Lottery Director Harold Mays.
According to megamillions.com, a jackpot-winning 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 became so big because no one had matched the game’s six selected numbers since April 15. That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner. Since no one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since the July 29 draw, the jackpot now stands at approximately $301 million.