CHICAGOLAND RESIDENT WINS $1.28B MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT
Single winner from Illinois wins $1.28B Mega Millions jackpot
A single winner who purchased their ticket in Illinois has won a jaw-dropping $1.28 billion Mega Millions jackpot prize — the third largest in U.S. history, lottery officials confirmed Saturday.
The ticket was sold at the Speedy Café Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois, according to the Illinois lottery website. There was also a million dollar second place winner in the Bronx.
The winner has the option to receive the $1.28 billion over the course of 29 years, or a lump sum of $747.2 million cash prize, which ends up being $457.5 million after taxes.