Check your Mega Millions ticket! Somebody won the $1.34 billion jackpot (2024)

A ticket bought in Illinois has the winning numbers for the Mega Millions jackpot, which reached $1.337 billion. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Check your Mega Millions ticket! Somebody won the $1.34 billion jackpot (2)

A ticket bought in Illinois has the winning numbers for the Mega Millions jackpot, which reached $1.337 billion.

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CHICAGO — Someone in a Chicago suburb beat the odds and won a $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot.

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 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.

The $1.337 billion 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. Earlier, Illinois Lottery officials had estimated the winning take at $1.28 billion.


All your pressing Mega Millions questions, answered

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 has not been officially notified officially 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.

Illinois is among the states where winners of more than $250,000 can choose to not reveal their names and Camelot Illinois 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 its a lottery pool until the winner comes forward to claim their prize," National Mega Millions spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi-Babb said.

Emily Irwin, managing director, Advice & Planning, at Wells Fargo's Wealth & Investment Management, said Friday that the winner should consider keeping a low profile and 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 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.

"Privacy equals safety," she said.

One thing the winner must do immediately is 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.

Irwin suggests a step further to survive a legal battle over ownership.

"Take a Polaroid of you holding it and (put) it in a safe deposit box or somewhere else safe," she said.

Pratik Patel, the head of Family Wealth Strategies at BMO Family Office in Chicago, said the winner should work with a financial planner to map out their future.

"I would run a Monte Carlo market simulation," Patel said, explaining that this is an analysis of what a winner's annual income might be and what the proceeds from various investments might be. "What you're doing is using analytics to inform your spending."

Frizzi-Babb agrees that talking to a financial planner is a good idea.

"I would suggest that you do that before you even set foot in a lottery office," the national lottery spokeswoman said.

There is also a question nobody wants to answer at that particular time: What happens to the money when you die?

Irwin said don't leave this unanswered; you must take action to ensure the bulk of your estate goes to your beneficiaries rather than the government.

"You need a manager who specializes in this and understands this world," said Patel. "Someone making $60,000 a year might need a certain type of professional manager and they may want to switch to someone who does ultra wealth."

Whatever the winner does, it is important to do it slowly.

"You can absolutely indulge but let's be smart about it," Patel said. "It's a lot of money but until you figure out what you can afford, there are still limitations."

For example, he said, consider chartering a private jet before diving in and buying one.

"You may be interested in owning your favorite basketball team," he warned, "but maybe that isn't a good idea if it uses up all your money."

Check your Mega Millions ticket! Somebody won the $1.34 billion jackpot (2024)


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There was one winning ticket sold for Tuesday night's estimated $1.13 billion Mega Millions jackpot, in New Jersey, the game's officials said. It was the fifth largest pot of gold ever won by Mega Millions players and the first time this year a ticket matched all the numbers needed to get the grand prize.

Did the billion dollar lottery winner come forward? ›

(KGET) — The $1.76 billion Powerball jackpot won in California last October has been claimed, state lottery officials announced. A group bought the ticket at Midway Market in Frazier Park in Kern County for the Oct. 11, 2023 drawing. Officials said Theodorus Struyck came forward and represented the group.

What happens if a Mega Millions jackpot goes unclaimed? ›

If a winner of a Powerball or Mega Millions grand prize doesn't come forward, the money is returned to the state lotteries in proportion to their sales. For smaller prizes of these games or for state lottery games, the states have different rules for unclaimed prize winnings.

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Cheng Saephan, 46, his wife Duanpen Saephan, 37, and friend Liza Chao, 55, were announced as winners of the drawing that took place on April 6. The Saephans are residents of Portland while Chao is from Milwaukie.

Who won the 1.1 billion lottery? ›

Tuesday's drawing for an estimated $1.13 billion annuitized Mega Millions jackpot was won by a ticket told in the Jersey Shore city of Neptune, New Jersey, lottery officials said. The winning ticket was sold at a ShopRite supermarket, according to New Jersey Lottery Executive Director James Carey.

Has anyone claimed the billion dollar lottery? ›

Struyck is not the first to recently win a billion-dollar jackpot in California. Less than a year ago, a $1 billion Powerball ticket was purchased in Los Angeles from Las Palmitas Mini Market.

Did anyone claim the 1.9 billion dollar lottery? ›

7, 2022, record drawing for what was then a $1.9 billion prize. Final ticket sales pushed the grand total to $2.04 billion. After months of vetting through the California Lottery, Castro officially claimed his grand prize on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2023.

Who won the 1.75 billion Powerball? ›

The California lottery has revealed who won a $1.75 billion Powerball jackpot in October—and it's more than one person. In a press release on Friday, officials said a man named Theodorus Struyck is the representative of a group of winners who took the second-biggest prize in lottery history.

Did anyone claim the 1.3 billion lottery? ›

(AP) — A person with a ticket matching all six Powerball numbers in Saturday's $1.3 billion jackpot came forward Monday to claim the prize, Oregon officials said. The lottery ticket was purchased at a Plaid Pantry convenience store in the northeast part of the city, Oregon Lottery said in a statement.

Has anyone ever won Mega Millions with Quick Pick? ›

$522 Million (California)

Once again, this winning ticket was a result of a Quick Pick. The lucky winner chose to take the cash option of $340 million before taxes and said she planned to pay off debt and buy a new home with her newfound fortune.

Can you inherit Mega Millions winnings? ›

A Mega Millions annuity can be inherited. After a jackpot winner dies, the annual scheduled payments will go to the designated beneficiary or the decedent's estate.

What is the largest unclaimed lottery winning? ›

These are the largest unclaimed Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots
Unclaimed PrizePrize size
2022 Mega Millions sold in Illinois$1.337 billion
2011 Powerball sold in Georgia$77 million (annuity)
2013 Powerball sold in Florida$50 million (annuity)
2002 Mega Millions in New York$68 million
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How long do you have to cash in a mega million? ›

Your draw game ticket must be postmarked or received by Lottery offices within 180 days of the winning draw date, except that, in the case of Mega Millions and Powerball Jackpots, the tickets must be postmarked or received within one year from the winning draw date.

Did someone win the Mega Millions last night? ›

Complete game information and prize claiming instructions are available at all Lottery retailers. There was no jackpot winner in California for this draw. But there are 109,225 winning tickets! Get your ticket for the next draw.

Which state just won the Mega Millions? ›

The New Jersey Lottery said the purchase was made at ShopRite Liquor at 2200 Route 66 in Neptune Twp., Monmouth County. That's about 40 miles east of the state capital of Trenton. This is the first time Mega Millions has been won in 2024.

Where was the winning Mega Millions ticket sold? ›

Ticket sold in New Jersey matches all Mega Millions winning numbers for $1.13 billion prize - ABC News.

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