Friday night saw the Mega Millions lottery reach a high jackpot of $270 million after more than 2 months of successive rollovers, but that all ended this weekend.
According to Mega Millions officials, the top prize in the Friday night draw was won at long last, and that prize went to one single ticket holder who will take home the entire $270 million jackpot themselves. Lottery officials have confirmed that the winning ticket was purchased in Chicago, Illinois, and the lottery player chose a “quick pick” ticket, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers rather than using their own.
The winning ticket, which won the largest lottery prize in Illinois Lottery history, was sold at Bucky’s Express store on Bloomingdale Road in Glendale Heights and it matched the winning numbers 26, 32, 44, 45 and 58 as well as the Mega Ball of 11. It now becomes not only the largest lottery prize to have been won in Illinois, but also the first jackpot to have been won in almost three years and the eighth to have ever been won in the state since the Mega Millions lottery began.
Since one New Yorker won the top prize of $326 million on November 4th 2014, the Mega Millions jackpot has been rolling over and after 21 consecutive drawings without a winner the lottery finally found its first win of 2015. According to lottery officials, it is also the second largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won in the month of January, the largest being a prize that was won on January 4th in 2011 and was worth $380 million.
In the lead up to this weekend’s jackpot win, the Mega Millions lottery has produced over 37.7 million winning tickets across all prize levels in the 21 rollovers, including 25 second tier prizes of $1 million or more. Friday night’s draw also produced two second tier millionaire prize winners, one in Florida and one in New York, who will take home $1 million for matching the first five numbers only, missing out on just the Mega Ball.
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