Winners of the $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot show up

After nearly two months of wondering who in Illinois won one of the greatest lotteries in US history, the winners have come forward. The staggering jackpot of $1.34 billion may seem like the biggest amount ever won, but it’s actually number 3. The highest jackpots were $1.537 billion (in 2018) and $1.586 billion dollars (in 2016), according to PA News.


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Some of the suggestions on what to do after learning you’ve won a big jackpot include:

  • Change your phone number
  • Wait a few months before making a big purchase like a new vehicle or a house
  • Most importantly, you should obtain legal and financial advisers immediately.

Personally, I can’t even begin to understand earning a sum of money that will change my life. This thought makes me nauseous. Maybe that’s why I rarely buy a Mega Millions or Power Ball ticket. In the past, I have thrown money with a group of people to buy tickets when the jackpot is monstrous or bought with another person, which is the story of the winners of 1.34 billion dollars.


The $1.34 billion winning ticket was sold to a Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois. Mega Millions rules allow winners to remain anonymous when claiming their prize.

The winners, yes in the plural, nearly missed an important deadline that would have changed the way they collected their moolah. They were two weeks away from not being able to choose a one-time lump sum payment. (You can read more about this 60 day rule here.)

What do we know about the winners?

Their names, ages, place of residence or anything that makes them identifiable have not been disclosed. What is known is that two people claimed the prize in one sump. They will share the net amount of $780.5 millionwhich equates to a profit of $345,250,000.

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