Nam Y. Huh / AP
CHICAGO – Two people who wish to remain anonymous claimed the $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot after a single ticket for the end of July drawing has been sold in a Chicago suburb, choose to pay a lump sum of $780.5 million, lottery officials said Wednesday.
The Illinois Lottery said the prize in the July 29 draw, the nation’s third-largest lottery, was confirmed by two individuals who agreed to split the prize if they won. Emilia Mazur, a spokeswoman for Camelot Illinois, the Illinois Lottery’s private manager, said both, who lead the majority of winners choosing to remain anonymous, have until September 27 to choose to favor the payout. once. .
The Illinois Lottery said it could not share any information about the winners except to say that they must be completely “on the moon” with their Mega Millions winnings. Illinois is one of at least 16 states where winners can remain anonymous.
Lottery officials say the two have spent the past few weeks working with professional financial and legal advisors to assist with the claim process – which experts advise lottery winners to do.
“These winners are now in the enviable position of deciding what to do with their newly earned fortunes,” said Illinois Lottery Director Harold Mays.
According to megamillions.com, a jackpot-winning ticket was purchased at a convenience store and Speedway gas station in Des Plaines.
Winning numbers are: 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14.
The jackpot has grown so big that no one has matched the game’s six chosen numbers since April 15. That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner. Since no one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since the July 29 draw, the jackpot is estimated at $301 million.