Mystery Winners Share July’s $1.34 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot

Two mysterious winners have claimed the $1.34 billion Mega Millions prize – eight weeks after buying tickets for the third-largest lottery jackpot in US history at an Illinois gas station.

The couple – who chose to remain anonymous – claimed the July 29 award after working with professional legal and financial advisers before selecting the $780.5 million lump sum payment, officials said Wednesday.

They had bought the winning ticket during a routine stop at a Des Plaines, Illinois speedway and agreed to split the prize if they won.

“It turned out to be an absolutely life-changing decision when a $3 line from Mega Millions featuring Megaplier turned into a $1.34 billion jackpot win,” said Harold Mays, director of the Illinois Lottery.

“These winners are now in the enviable position of deciding what to do with their newfound fortune.”

Winners had a full year to claim the prize, but only 60 days — or until September 27 — to receive the $780.5 million lump sum.

A person purchasing a Mega Millions lottery ticket.
The two winners agreed to split the money if they won after purchasing the lottery ticket at the Des Plaines, Illinois speedway.
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Illinois Lottery claims manager Luis Rodriguez said it was “by far the biggest win I’ve ever had to process” in his five years on the job.

“When we met with the winners’ attorneys, there was a real buzz of excitement in the room,” he said.

“It’s a surreal feeling to give away so much money and knowing the huge impact it will have on the lives of the winners, as well as those close to them.

Mega Millions lottery jackpot sign.
After working with legal and financial advisors, the winners will each receive $780.5 million.

“It was an incredible feeling to be part of this process – so I can only imagine how the winners feel themselves.”

Lottery officials insisted they could not give any details about the winners other than saying they would be “over the moon”.

The jackpot was the second largest in Mega Millions history, trailing only a $1.537 billion winning ticket in South Carolina on October 23, 2018. This winner is unknown.

The world record jackpot of $1.586 billion was awarded on January 13, 2016 in the Powerball lottery. It was shared by winners in California, Florida, and Tennessee. Mystery Winners Share July’s $1.34 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot


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