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Illinois lottery player wins $1.28 billion in the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot


There’s a new billionaire in town after an Illinois lottery player won $1.28 billion in the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever on Friday night.

The winning numbers were 13, 36, 45, 57, 67, and a Mega Ball of 14, but the Illinois lottery has yet to reveal who won or where the ticket was purchased. The next drawing is scheduled for Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET.


The jackpot has been steadily rising in recent weeks because no one has been able to beat the odds of winning, which are 1 in 302,575,350.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot, $1.537 billion, was won in 2018 by a single ticket holder in South Carolina.

However, the largest jackpot ever won in the United States was a $1.586 billion Powerball prize in 2016, shared by winners in California, Florida, and Tennessee.