Two people who wish to remain anonymous said aafter a single drawing ticket was sold in suburban Chicago in late July, opting for a $780.5 million lump sum payout, lottery officials said Wednesday.
The Illinois Lottery said the prize in the July 29 drawing, which was the third-largest lottery prize in the country, was claimed by two people who agreed to split the prize if they won.
The winners wish to remain anonymous, and the Illinois Lottery said it is unable to share any information about the winners other than to say they must be absolutely “over the moon” with their Mega Millions winnings. Whether the winner can remain anonymous depends on the country.
Lottery officials said the two individuals have spent the past several weeks working with professional legal and financial advisors to support the claims process.
“These winners are now in the enviable position of deciding what to do with their newfound wealth,” said Harold Mays, director of the Illinois Lottery.
According to megamillions.com, one ticket to win the jackpot was purchased at SpeedwayDes Plaines.
The winning numbers were: 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14.
The jackpot grew because no one matched the six selected numbers in the April 15 game. That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.
Mega Millions winners have one year from the drawing date to claim their prize, according to lottery rules. Winners also have 60 days to choose whether they want the money in a lump sum or smaller annual payments.
Winners aren’t the only ones who have cashed in their Mega Millions winnings. Illinois dealers earn $3.75 million in commissions and bonuses from ticket sales, lottery officials he said earlier this month. The speedway that sold the winning ticket will receive a $500,000 bonus, New York Post registered.