Mega Millions $1.337 billion winning ticket sold in Illinois

Someone in Illinois just became a billionaire.

One ticket sold in the Land of Lincoln matched all six balls in Friday night's drawing to win the $1.337 billion jackpot, according to the Mega Millions website. The jackpot, estimated at $1.28 billion before the drawing, rose based on final sales.

The jackpot was the second largest Mega Millions prize ever and the third largest for a United States lottery. The winner can also take the cash option of $780.5 million over the annuitized payments.

The jackpot-winning ticket was sold at a Speedway in Des Plaines, Illinois − a city 17 miles northwest of Chicago

“We are thrilled to have witnessed one of the biggest jackpot wins in Mega Millions history," Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald, serving as lead for the Mega Millions Consortium.

The numbers drawn on Friday, July 29, 2022 were: 13 - 36 - 45 - 57 - 67 and Megaball 14. The Megaplier was 2x.

In addition to the jackpot, there are more than two dozen new millionaires. A remarkable 26 tickets matched the five white balls to win million-dollar prizes.

Twenty tickets winning $1 million prizes were sold in: California, Florida (2), Georgia (2), Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota (2), North Carolina (2), New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas (2) and Wisconsin.

Six tickets had the Megaplier to win $2 million: Arizona, Florida (3), Iowa and Pennslyvania.

Nobody has won the Mega Millions since April 15 when a ticket sold in Tennessee won $20 million – it was the second time in two drawings the jackpot was won. In 2022, the jackpot has now been won four times. Other jackpot-winning tickets were sold in California, New York and Minnesota.

The Mega Millions jackpot now resets to $20 million for Tuesday night's drawing.

Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot is at $170 million with a cash option of $100.5 million for Saturday night's drawing, according to the Powerball website.

Mega Millions website down

Just how hot is lottery fever? The Mega Millions website crashed soon after the 11 p.m. drawing on Friday night − overwhelmed by lottery players looking to check their numbers. The website seemed to recover just after 11:30 p.m.

A similar thing happened on Tuesday night when the website was overwhelmed with traffic and down for more than two hours after the drawing.

The Mega Millions YouTube has the drawing and you can re-watch it here:

How do I play Mega Millions?

Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. The cost is $2 per ticket, but you can add the Megaplier for $1, which will increase the amount of your potential prize up to five times the original prize (except for the jackpot).

Each player selects five numbers from 1 to 70 for the white balls and one number from 1 to 25 for the Mega Ball. However, you can also have the lottery machine generate a random Quick Pick for you.

Prizes vary from $2 for matching the Mega Ball to $1 million for matching all five white balls (except in California) to the jackpot for matching all six balls. You can check all the prize payouts on the Mega Millions site here.

You don't need to be a U.S. citizen or resident of the state where you purchase your ticket.

Where can I play Mega Millions?

You can play the game in 45 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The states that do not offer Mega Millions are: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

Many grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores sell lottery tickets. Some states allow Mega Millions tickets to be purchased online, but beware of scam websites. Check with your state lottery for more details.

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What is the deadline for buying Mega Millions tickets?

In New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, tickets must be purchased by 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday to be included in that night's drawing.

However, some states have different deadlines and can be more than an hour before the drawing. Check with your local lottery so you don't miss out.

What are my odds of winning?

Playing the Mega Millions can be exciting, but just don't go spending those millions before you win.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 302,575,350-to-1.

The odds to match all five white balls are 12,607,306-to-1.

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What does cash option mean?

The major lotteries in the United States offer two jackpot payout options: annuity and cash.

The annuity option is paid out over time. There is an immediate payment and then 29 annual payments after that, increasing by 5% each year.

The cash option is significantly lower than the advertised jackpot, but it is paid in a lump sum. You don't have to wait decades for all the money.

What was biggest Mega Millions jackpot?

Here are the Top 10 jackpots ever since the Mega Millions began in 1996:

  1. $1.537 billion, Oct. 23, 2018: Won in South Carolina

  2. $1.337 billion: July 29, 2022: Illinois

  3. $1.05 billion, Jan. 22, 2021: Won in Michigan

  4. $656 million, March 30, 2012: Three winners in Illinois, Kansas, Maryland

  5. $648 million, Dec. 17, 2013: Two winners in California, Georgia

  6. $543 million, July 24, 2018: Won in California

  7. $536 million, July 8, 20116: Won in Indiana

  8. $533 million: March 30, 2018: Won in New Jersey

  9. $522 million: June 7, 2019: Won in California

  10. $515 million: May 21, 2021: Won in Pennsylvania

What was largest U.S. lottery jackpot ever?

Here's a look at the top jackpots were won in the United States, between the Powerball and the Mega Millions lotteries:

  1. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, Tennessee

  2. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018: Won in South Carolina

  3. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022: Illinois

  4. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021: Won in Michigan

  5. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin

  6. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts

  7. $730 million,, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021: Won in Maryland

  8. $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 4, 2021: Won in California

  9. $687.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 27, 2018: Two winners in Iowa, New York

  10. $656 million, March 30, 2012: Three winners in Illinois, Kansas, Maryland

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