DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Someone has beaten the odds and won the estimated $1.28 billion Mega Millions jackpot. Lottery officials say there is one winning ticket and it was purchased in Illinois.
The winning numbers drawn Friday night are: 13-36-45-57-67, with a Mega Ball of 14.
The Illinois lottery website shows it was sold at the Speedway #4250 in Des Plaines.
The jackpot is the nation’s third-largest lottery prize. It grew so large because no one had matched the game’s six selected numbers since April 15.
That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner. The $1.28 billion prize is for winners who choose the annuity option, paid annually over 29 years.
Most winners opt for the cash option, which for Friday night’s drawing was an estimated $747.2 million.
🤑 🎉 Winner alert: Mega Millions® players, check your tickets! We have a $1,280,000,000 winner in Illinois. Stay tuned for details! pic.twitter.com/rdtY1R1dEy
— Illinois Lottery (@IllinoisLottery) July 30, 2022