Who won the $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot?

Someone in the US became a billionaire after Friday’s Mega Millions lottery, but we may never know the identity of the lucky winner or winners.

The Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois sold a ticket matching the winning numbers – 13, 36, 45, 57 and 67 plus Mega Ball 14. The buyer took home a prize of 1.34 billion dollars paid over 29, but could also opt for the cash jackpot. – $780.5 million. The gas station that sold the prize will also receive a $500,000 bounty.

On Monday, the winner didn’t show up and it’s quite possible we won’t know his identity when he does. Illinois is one of the few states that allows people who earn more than $250,000 to keep their name and city of residence secret.

“We haven’t heard from the winner yet,” Illinois Lottery Manager Harold Mays told Today. “We don’t know whether or not they are aware that they have won this incredible prize. So we say to all our players – check your tickets.

Mays said winners often take their time before showing up.

“We’ve seen it – players tend to take longer because they want us to make sure they get their house in order and start over and hopefully strategic way for them and their families,” he added.

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Mega Million winners have 12 months from the date of the draw to claim their prize, but only 60 days to choose between the lump sum cash payment or the annual amount.

The $1.37 billion prize was the second-biggest jackpot in the game’s 20-year history, topped only by the $1.537 billion won in South Carolina on October 23, 2018. The jackpot had been rolling since it was last won at $20 million in Tennessee on April 15.

Other winning tickets sold on Friday include $2 million prizes in Florida, Arkansas, Iowa and Pennsylvania, and 20 second-tier prizes worth $1 million each: two in Florida, Georgia, in Minnesota, North Carolina and Texas; and one each in California, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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