Two win $1,337,000,000 billion in the US lottery’s third jackpot

Two win $1,337,000,000 billion in the US lottery’s third jackpot

Two people share a $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the third largest US lottery jackpot.

Two people share a $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the third largest jackpot in the US lottery (Image: Getty Images)

Two lucky people have claimed a massive $1,337,000,000 billion Mega Millions jackpot after agreeing to split the winnings from a single ticket from a July drawing.

The winners, who previously agreed to split the prize if they won, purchased their ticket in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, as part of the July 29 drawing, Lottery officials said Wednesday.

The jackpot was the third largest prize won in United States history.

The winners, who also wish to remain anonymous, are said to be “over the moon” with their monumental winnings, according to lottery officials. They chose to accept a one-time payment of $780,500,000. Winners had until September 27 to come forward and claim their winnings.

The two winners have spent the last few weeks working with professional legal and financial advisors, something lottery officials recommend winners do before claiming their prize.

“I have been working for the Illinois Lottery for over five years and this is by far the largest prize I have ever had to process,” Luis Rodriguez, Claims Manager for the Illinois Lottery, said in a statement. ‘When we met with the winners’ lawyers there was a real buzz of excitement in the room.’

“It is a surreal feeling to give away this amount of money and know what a huge impact it will have on the lives of the winners, and also on the lives of others close to them. It was an amazing feeling to be a part of that process, so I can only imagine how the winners feel.”

The lucky ticket was purchased at a Speedway gas station and convenience store in Des Plaines, authorities said.

The winning numbers were: 13-36-45-57-67, and the Mega Ball was 14.

The jackpot grew exponentially after no one matched all six of the game’s selected numbers since April 15, meaning there were 29 consecutive drawings without a winner.

No one has won the game since then, leaving the jackpot at an estimated $301,000,000.

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