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    Ticket Bought In Illinois Wins $1.337B Mega Millions Jackpot

    Work smart not hard, just got real. We’ve heard hardworking stories of billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. It took them almost half of their life to reach where they are. But it looks like it isn’t that difficult for one billionaire out there. As a single ticket bought in a Chicago suburb beat the odds and won a $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot.

    The winner is yet to come forward and claim his prize. The probability of the person winning is literally one in millions.

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    According to, there was one jackpot-winning ticket in the draw Friday night, and it 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.

    We are thrilled to have witnessed one of the biggest jackpot wins in Mega Millions history,” Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald, the current Lead Director for the Mega Millions Consortium, said in a statement on the lottery’s website. “We’re eager to find out who won and look forward to congratulating the winner soon!”

    The jackpot is 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.

    Lottery officials had estimated the winning take at $1.28 billion but revised the number up to $1.337 billion on Saturday. The total prize is for winners who choose the annuity option, paid annually over 29 years. Most winners opt for the cash option, which for Friday night’s drawing was an estimated $780.5 million.

    The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million. According to the Illinois Lottery, the store that sold the ticket is a pretty big winner, too. It will receive half a million dollars just for selling the ticket. A clerk at the Speedway store who answered the phone but declined to give his name said the store had not been officially notified that it sold the winning ticket and that he learned about it from reporters calling for comment.

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

    Winners Advised To Not Reveal Their Names. Here’s Why?

    The outlet where it was purchased
    The outlet where it was purchased

    Illinois is among the states where winners of more than $250,000 can choose to not reveal their names. Illinois Lottery spokeswoman Emilia Mazur said the vast majority of those winners do just that. Even lottery officials may not know for a while who won because winners don’t have to come forward straight away. And the winning ticket may have been bought by a group of people.

    “We won’t know whether it’s an individual or it’s a lottery pool until the winner comes forward to claim their prize,” National Mega Millions spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi-Babb said. As of Saturday afternoon, no winner had come forward, according to Mazur.

    Emily Irwin, managing director, Advice & Planning, at Wells Fargo’s Wealth & Investment Management, said Friday that the winner should consider keeping a low profile. They should resist going on an eyebrow-raising spending spree that everyone knows the winner cannot afford.

    “This is not the time to start calling everybody you know, saying, ‘Hey, I have a big secret. Can you keep it?’” Irwin said. “This is necessary to avoid being inundated with requests for money. There are scammers and others who follow big winners,” she said, admitting that sudden wealth can put a lottery winner in physical danger.

    One thing the winner must do is immediately sign the ticket. That’s because if the ticket hasn’t been signed then it really isn’t yours. If the winner loses an unsigned ticket and another person finds it and signs it, the ticket now belongs to them.

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    Isha Rawat
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