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Winners of $1.3 billion Mega Millions jackpot claim prize

After nearly 8 weeks of waiting, the winner of the third largest jackpot in lottery history has claimed their prize.

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

The Illinois Lottery said the prize for the July 29 drawing was claimed by two individuals who had agreed to split the prize if they won.

Some states, including Illinois, allow winners of large lottery prizes to maintain their anonymity to avoid some of the problems that can arise when it's publicly known that somebody recently came into a large sum of money. 

The winners in this case wish to remain anonymous, and the Illinois Lottery said it was unable to share any information about the winners except to say that they must be absolutely “over the moon” with their Mega Millions win.

Credit: Illinois Lottery
Lottery Director Harold Mays (right) and Illinois Lottery Claims Supervisor, Denise Hernandez with the prize winning amount. The winners, not pictured, chose to stay anonymous. Photo: Illinois Lottery.

Lottery officials said the winners opted to take the lump sum payment of $780.5 million. The lottery said the two people have 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 Illinois Lottery Director Harold Mays.

According to megamillions.com, one jackpot-winning ticket was bought 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 nation’s third-largest lottery prize. It grew so large because no one had matched the game’s six selected numbers since April 15. That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.

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