Single Ticket Wins Almost $2 Billion in Mega Millions!
Imagine waking up to the news that you had joined not only won the lottery but joined the millionaire’s club overnight!
Two extremely lucky Illinois residents had that exact thing happen!
A single Mega Millions Lottery ticket purchased and shared by two people at a Speedway gas station and convenience store in Des Plaines, about 30km northwest of Chicago, has won an incredible US$1.337 billion (AUD$1.83 billion)!
The two who wish to remain anonymous have walked away with one of the biggest jackpots in history. The lucky winners who purchased a Mega Millions ticket and intended to split the winnings (if any) opted to take a lump sum payment of USD$780.5 million and are now officially millionaires after matching all six numbers in the Mega Millions draw in July 2022.
WHAT WERE THE WINNING NUMBERS?
The winning numbers were: 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14.
WHY WAS THE JACKPOT SO LARGE?
The last time someone won the Mega Millions jackpot was in April 2022, which means that 29 consecutive draws ended without a jackpot winner. Since no one had won in such a long time, the jackpot steadily climbed.
The jackpots start at USD$20 million and grow by a minimum of USD$5 million per draw each time there is no first-division winner and the jackpot rolls.
CAN EVERYONE REMAIN ANONYMOUS IF THEY WIN THE LOTTERY?
Unfortunately no. Illinois is one of at least 16 states that allow lottery winners to remain anonymous, but in the majority of US states winners are obligated to reveal their identity as a condition of claiming their jackpot win.
Here at The Lottery Office, we’re proud to say that if you wish to stay anonymous in the event of a win, we will honour that regardless of the lottery you have won from.
HOW TO PLAY TO WIN FROM DRAWS OF US MEGA MILLIONS
When you purchase an entry in The Lottery Office’s USA Mega Lotto, we’ll purchase a matching ticket in the Mega Millions lottery draw conducted in the USA.
To play, you select five numbers between 1 and 70 and 1 number between 1 and 25.
Players who do not wish to select their numbers can use the ‘quick play’ option, where their numbers are chosen randomly.
Players also have the option to use the:
MULTIPLIER SPECIAL FEATURE
Players also have the ‘multiplier’ option they can choose to add, which allows them to multiply a non-jackpot win by up to 5 times.
The prize amounts for each draw aren’t determined on a pari-mutuel basis. This means that the non-jackpot prize amounts are locked in and are the same each week.
However, there’s a sneaky way you can win even more than usual!
By selecting the Multiplier option for an extra $3.45 per game, you can potentially multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to 5 times! This means even a division 2 winning could deliver you more than AUD$7.5 million. That’s a phenomenal amount for a second-division winning. The Multiplier number is selected at random for each draw.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU WIN FROM A MEGA MILLIONS DRAW IN AUSTRALIA WITH THE LOTTERY OFFICE?
If you’re a lucky USA Mega Lotto jackpot winner, you have won the same amount as the US Mega Millions jackpot, so your life is about to change forever! The Lottery Office guarantees your winnings and will transfer the exact amount to you after you win.
Reminder: If you choose to stay anonymous, that’s ok. We’ll protect your identity so you can enjoy your winnings in privacy.
Want to know more about the USA Mega Lotto and the US Mega Millions? Check out some of the wins and results on our USA Mega Lotto results page.
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