Two People Claim $1.34 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot, Promise to Split the Prize, Illinois Lottery Says

Two People Claim $1.34 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot, Promise to Split the Prize, Illinois Lottery Says

CHICAGO — Two people wishing to remain anonymous have claimed a $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot after a single ticket for the late-July draw was sold in a Chicago suburb, lottery officials said Wednesday.

The Illinois Lottery said the prize was claimed by two individuals who agreed to split the prize if they won.

The winners wish to remain anonymous, and the Illinois Lottery said it cannot share any information about the winners, except to say that they must absolutely be “over the moon” with their Mega Millions win.

Lottery officials said the winners opted to receive a one-time payout of $780.5 million. The lottery said the two people had spent the past few weeks working with professional legal and financial advisors to support the claim process.

“These winners are now in the enviable position of deciding what to do with their newfound fortune,” said Harold Mays, Illinois lottery director.

According to megamillions.com, a jackpot winning ticket was purchased in late July 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 was the third-largest lottery jackpot in the country. It has grown so much because no one has matched the game’s six selected numbers since April 15th. That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.

Source : www.nbcnews.com

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