Two people claim US$1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot and vow to split the prize – National Pipa News

Two people claim US$1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot and vow to split the prize – National

The third-largest lottery prize in United States history is being distributed by two people who wish to remain anonymous, lottery officials said Wednesday.

The Illinois Lottery has announced that the Mega Millions jackpot of $1,337 billion (approximately CAD$1.7 billion) has been claimed by two individuals with a single winning ticket. The two had agreed to split the prize if they would win.

The record prize purse had swelled to that amount as it took 29 consecutive draws for a single ticket to match the game’s six selected numbers. At the draw of 29 July, a winning ticket was finally found. The winning numbers were: 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14.

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Mega Millions winners can choose to take the full amount, which is paid annually over 29 years, but most choose the cash option which is paid out immediately. Lottery officials confirmed that the two winners had opted for the lump sum payment, which totaled approximately $780.5 million for this prize amount.

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If split equally, each winner will take home approximately $390.3 million.

The Illinois Lottery said it couldn’t share any information about the winners except to say they should absolutely be “over the moon” with their Mega Millions jackpot. Not every state allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, but Illinois allows it.

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The winning ticket was purchased in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, after being purchased at a Speedway gas station and convenience store in late July. The lottery said the two people have been working with professional legal and financial advisors in recent weeks to support the claims process.

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

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Mega Millions winners have one year from the draw date to claim their jackpot and must decide within 60 days whether they want the money in one lump sum or in annual payments. The holder or holders of the winning ticket are not the only ones to benefit from the Mega Millions; the location where the winning ticket was purchased will also receive a $500,000 bonus.

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In total, Illinois retailers selling lottery tickets generated a combined $3.75 million in commission and bonuses.

At the peak of the frenzy to buy Mega Millions tickets in July, Illinois retailers were selling 79 tickets per second, according to the Illinois Lottery.

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