Mega Millions: Ticket in Illinois wins second largest Mega Millions jackpot of approximately $1.28 billion


Friday night’s winning numbers were 13, 36, 45, 57, 67 and a Mega Ball of 14. The night’s prize money was estimated at $747.2 million. The next draw will be Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET.

Information about the lottery winner or where the winning ticket was sold in Illinois has not yet been made available Saturday morning.

The jackpot prize has been steadily increasing for at least the past few weeks because no ticket matches all six winning numbers, which is difficult. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.

So far, the biggest Mega Millions jackpot of $1.537 billion was won by a single ticket sold in South Carolina in 2018.

It’s the second-largest jackpot of any lottery game in the United States, and it’s the biggest lottery prize in the world won by a single ticket, according to Mega Millions.

The biggest jackpot of any US lottery game was $1.586 billion – a Powerball prize from January 13, 2016, shared by winners from California, Florida and Tennessee.

On Friday night, the Mega Millions website became inaccessible for several minutes after the draw. Lottery jackpots start at $20 million and increase based on game sales and interest rates, according to its website.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands, where the draws take place Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m. ET. Tickets are sold online in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and DC, but the purchaser must be in this State.

CNN’s Keith Allen, Paul P. Murphy and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.


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