It is one of the biggest wins in the history of the American lottery: a winning ticket took home the jackpot on Friday evening, or more than 1.33 billion dollars, organizers announced on Saturday.
Mega Millions players, check your tickets! We have a winner […] in Illinois. Stay tuned for more details! tweeted the lottery of this state in the center of the country.
We can’t wait to find out who won and hope to congratulate the winner soon! added in a press release Pat McDonald, a manager of Mega Millions.
The jackpot was initially estimated at $1.28 billion, but
the final value was higher than the estimate based on actual sales, Mega Millions explained.
Friday’s $1.337 billion is what the lucky winner would get if they agreed to spread the payment over 30 years.
If he wished to receive his prize all at once, he would only receive
that 780 million – part of which would then be deducted by taxes – according to an estimate by Mega Millions.
The jackpot of this lottery has grown steadily for more than three months, as have the dreams of fortune for its players, no one having managed to guess the six correct numbers in the previous thirty draws.
The chances of winning this staggering sum were only one in nearly 303 million.
The biggest win ever was $1.586 billion. It had been won in January 2016 in the other major American lottery, power ballbut the spoils had been divided between three victors.