Has the $1.33 billion Mega Millions jackpot winner claimed yet?
The Mega Millions lottery was given its name for a reason, and on Friday 29 July 2022 the third-highest jackpot ever was drawn, with a massive $1.337 billion on offer for the winning ticket.
Lottery officials took their time but then it was confirmed that the winning numbers - 13, 36, 45, 57 and 67 and a Mega Ball of 14 – matched only one ticket in the entire country.
The world’s largest ever jackpot, a $1.586 billion Powerball draw from 2016, was split between three winning tickets,
which means that this recent Mega Millions winner appears to have the second-largest single ticket jackpot ever recorded. No doubt they claimed it immediately, right? Well, no...
Who won the Mega Millions jackpot?
Illinois lottery officials were the ones to confirm that the billion-dollar ticket was sold at a Speedway gas station and convenience store in Des Plaines, a small city of around 60,000.
The city is located roughly 17 miles northwest of Chicago and was the site for most of the filing for 1985 film The Breakfast Club, at the now closed Maine North High School.
Incredibly, to some, the lottery winner has still not yet claimed their prize, now a month after the draw.