Winning Mega Millions ticket — worth $1.28 billion — bought in Illinois

Illinois Lottery Mega Millions ticket
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By , Audacy

A single, winning ticket in the $1.28 billion Mega Millions lottery drawing was bought in Des Plaines, Illinois on Friday night.

The winning ticket was sold at a Speedway gas station on Touhy Avenue.

The person, or persons, beat the odds of 1-in-302 million to win the largest jackpot ever won in Illinois, and the third-largest in the United States.

The prize got to that level after more than two dozen drawings with no big winner, as well as strong ticket sales as the growing jackpot made headlines.

Another ticket that matched five numbers, but missed the mega ball, was sold at a convenience store in Berkeley — the owner of that ticket won $1 million.

Seven others each won $10,000 Friday night.

The owner of the Speedway gas station in Des Plaines will get $500,000.

In a statement, the Illinois Lottery said it “encourages the winner to sign the back of the ticket, seek professional and legal advice, then make an appointment with the Illinois Lottery to claim their prize.”

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