This is the fifth time so far this year that the organizers of this American lottery have awarded the jackpot.
A lucky lottery player from the state of Illinois (USA) matched the six winning numbers of the jackpot of the Mega Millions drawing held this Friday, taking a cumulative purse of 1,337 million dollars (780.5 million in cash), the second largest prize awarded by the organizers.
The winner, whose identity is unknown, chose the numbers 13, 36, 45, 57 and 67, and 14 for the golden Mega Ball bonus. “We are delighted to have witnessed one of the largest jackpots in Mega Millions history,” commented the director of the Mega Millions consortium, Pat McDonald.
The largest prize awarded by Mega Millions —of 1,537 million dollars— was won with a single ticket sold in South Carolina in 2018.
This is the fifth player so far this year to hit the Mega Millions progressive jackpot. The jackpot for the next draw, to be held on August 2, returns to its current starting value of $20 million ($11.6 million in cash).
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