Someone in Illinois won $1,280 million from Mega Millions, the jackpot in the US lottery

Gordon Medval fills out a Mega Millions lottery ticket inside a 7-Eleven store in Oakland, California, Tuesday, July 26, 2022 (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Someone beat the odds and won the $1.28 billion US Mega Millions lottery jackpot. According to megamillions.com, there was one winning ticket in the Friday night raffle, which someone in Illinois bought.

The winning numbers were: 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14.

A digital billboard announces the $1.28 billion Mega Millions jackpot on display in New York City, US, July 29, 2022. REUTERS/Gina Moon
A digital billboard announces the $1.28 billion Mega Millions jackpot on display in New York City, US, July 29, 2022. REUTERS/Gina Moon

The amount of money accumulated was the third largest in the history of the country’s lottery and the largest in nearly four years.

The prize was so high because in the last 29 consecutive draws made since April 15, none of the tickets sold had all six winning numbers. The last winner was a Tennessee State player.

The odds of winning the jackpot were 1 in 302.5 million.
The odds of winning the jackpot were 1 in 302.5 million.

The $1,280 million prize is for winners who chose the option to receive it in 30 annual payments over a 29-year period, but nearly all of them chose the single cash payment option, which for this raffle had an estimated sum of $747.2 million.

The odds of winning the jackpot were 1 in 302.5 million.

From the lottery website it was also reported Match 20 people in different states five numbers except for Mega Ball Each of them will receive one million US dollars. While six matches five numbers in addition to the Megaplier.

State lotteries use lottery proceeds to promote education, tourism, and transportation
State lotteries use lottery proceeds to promote education, tourism, and transportation

Mega Millions is played in 45 states plus Washington, D.C. and the US Virgin Islands, and is coordinated by state lotteries.

Across the country, state lottery systems use lottery proceeds to promote education, tourism, transportation, and more. With the Mega Millions jackpot, state officials hope the growing national interest in the jackpot will translate into more money for their own causes.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states
Mega Millions is played in 45 states

After the new Mega Million winner, the jackpot is now $20 million. The amount of money is growing as more people continue to buy tickets.

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