The United States has a new billionaire
One person in Illinois won the Mega Millions $1.28 billion jackpot Friday night, according to the Illinois Lottery.
The Illinois Lottery listed the jackpot prize as “currently pending,” with the winning numbers listed as 13, 36, 45, 57, 67 and the gold Mega ball was 14. Friday’s Megaplier was 2X the original winnings.
The $1.28 billion jackpot is the second largest Mega Millions jackpot in history.
The top prize had not been claimed since April 15.
Mega Millions said the winner results for the drawing were still being compiled but listed that the jackpot prize was pending, and it said the cash option was pending as well. The cash option would be $747.2 million.
The next drawing will be Tuesday, according to Mega Millions, and the estimated jackpot was listed at $20 million with an $11.6 million cash option.
The top Mega Millions jackpots to date are:
- $1.537 billion on Oct. 23, 2018
- $1.280 billion on July 29, 2022
- $1.050 billion on Jan. 22, 2021
- $656 million on March 30, 2012
- $648 million on Dec 17, 2013
- $543 million on July 24, 2018
- $536 million on July 8, 2016
- $533 million on March 30, 2018
- $522 million on June 7, 2019
- $516 million on May 21, 2021
There was a 1 in 302,575,350 chance of winning the jackpot, according to Mega Millions. Odds of winning the jackpot are always steep — among things you’re more likely to do than win the lottery are being killed by a shark, being struck by lightning this year and being struck by lightning in your entire lifetime.
USA Mega, which tracks Mega Millions statistics, says the most common Mega Millions numbers are 17, 10, 14, 31 and 4 for the first five numbers. The most common Mega ball number is 22.
Suggest a Correction