The third-largest lottery prize in the history of the United States will be split by two people who wish to remain anonymous, lottery officials said Wednesday.
The Illinois Lottery announced that the US$1.337 billion (around CAD$1.7 billion) Mega Millions jackpot was claimed by two individuals with a single winning lottery ticket. The two had agreed to split the prize if they won.
The record-setting prize purse had swollen to that amount because it took 29 consecutive draws for a single ticket to match the game’s six selected numbers. On the July 29 draw, a winning ticket was finally found. The winning numbers were: 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14.
Mega Millions winners can opt to take the full amount, paid annually over 29 years, but most choose the cash option which pays out immediately. Lottery officials confirmed that the two winners had chosen the lump-sum payment, which, for this prize amount, totalled around $780.5 million.