Mega Millions: 1 winning $1.28B jackpot ticket sold in Illinois

ByEyewitness News
Saturday, July 30, 2022
Mega Millions: No word yet on winner for $1.28B jackpot
Numbers have been drawn for Friday's $1.28 billion Mega Millions jackpot, but there's still no word yet if someone claimed a winning ticket.

One winning Mega Millions $1.28 billion jackpot ticket was sold in Illinois, officials confirmed to ABC News.

Officials go on to say: "Any additional information is pending as Mega Millions completes the balancing process among participating lotteries. Once complete we will issue a release on the Mega Millions website."

The jackpot has reset to $20 million for Tuesday's drawing.

There wasn't just one lucky winner, 26 tickets won the $1 million draw, according to the Mega Millions website. Six of those matched the five with the Megaplier for $2 million.

The 20 tickets winning $1 million were sold in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Friday's winning numbers are: 67-45-57-36-13 Mega Ball: 14

Friday's jackpot was the third largest, behind $1.5 billion prizes won in 2018 and 2016.

It grew so large because there have been 29 consecutive draws without a winner, a span that stretches back to April 15 when a Tennessee player matched all of the game's six numbers.

The $1.28 billion prize is for players who are paid with the annuity option, which makes 30 annual payments that stretch over 29 years. Nearly all jackpot winners choose the cash option, which for Friday night's drawing is an estimated $747.2 million.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are a staggering 1 in 302.5 million.

One second-prize ticket worth a guaranteed $1,000,002 was sold in The Bronx, New York.

Tickets with five numbers, but missing the Mega number, are worth either $1 million or a multiple of $1 million.

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The Mega Millions record jackpot is $1.537 billion, won in South Carolina in Oct 2018 - the world's largest lottery prize ever won on a single ticket.

The U.S. record jackpot is $1.586 billion for a Jan. 2016 Powerball draw.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The game is overseen by state lottery officials.

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