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$270 million Mega Millions jackpot won in Illinois

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By Todd Northrop

An Illinois lottery player won the first jackpot of 2015, worth an estimated $270 million in a Mega Millions drawing Friday.

The ticket, a "quick pick" meaning the numbers were selected randomly by the lottery terminal, was sold at Bucky's Express, 1202 Bloomingdale Road in west suburban Glendale Heights, said Illinois Lottery spokesman Mike Lang.

The store will receive a $500,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

It is the largest prize in Illinois Lottery history, and the eighth Mega Millions jackpot won by an Illinois player since Mega Millions began in 2002.

The lucky person, who has not yet claimed the prize, is the first Mega Millions jackpot winner in Illinois since May 4, 2012.  That jackpot was won by a lottery pool at a bakery, where two workers sued to claim a chunk of the prize.  (See Two workers in lottery pool sue over $118 million ticket, Lottery Post, May 17, 2012.)

The suit was not decided until the following year, but additional lawsuits delayed the prize payout.  (See Judge won't give bakery workers partial lottery prize, Lottery Post, Mar. 1, 2013.)

The winning numbers drawn Friday were 26, 32, 44, 45, and 58, with Mega Ball number 11.  The Megaplier was 3.

In the same drawing, two $1 million second-tier prizes were won by tickets sold in Florida and in New York.

The $270 million jackpot start building from its $15 million starting point on Nov. 4.  In that time, more than 21 drawings have produced more than 37.7 million winning tickets across all prize levels, including the one jackpot winner and 25 second-tier prizes of $1 million or more.

The jackpot has a cash value of $177 million, or $126.11 million after withholding.  The overall odds of winning the jackpot were 1 in 258,890,850.

In 2014, nine Mega Millions jackpots were won, including a $414 million prize shared by winning tickets in Florida and Maryland in March.

Lang said the Illinois winner has a year to come forward.

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Piaceri's avatar - sarsony1
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Posted: January 18, 2015, 9:39 am - IP Logged

Congrats to the winner(s)! Party

 

So this jackpot started Nov 4, and it took 21 draws to pull the winner, 15 drawings to reach $100m cash option. That's a lot of drawings....

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singlewinnersinglewinnersinglewinner   

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    Posted: January 18, 2015, 9:40 am - IP Logged

    Illinois always wins LOL

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      Posted: January 18, 2015, 9:42 am - IP Logged

      Illinois always wins LOL

      Dance

      The liberal blue states always win LOL

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        Posted: January 18, 2015, 10:05 am - IP Logged

        Get ready for some more drama if it is won by a pool. Congrats to the winner/winners.

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          Happy California
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          Posted: January 18, 2015, 12:45 pm - IP Logged

          Hat Now it is time for Power Ball to make a run for it.  Good Luck to all LP members who play PB. Yes Nod

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            Posted: January 18, 2015, 1:00 pm - IP Logged

            Congrats to the Illinois winner.

            How does this state rate as to the other most populated lottery states?

            Chicago must have a huge number of regular players.

            Kudos for the quick pick option that generated this new winner.

            The Lucky Star was over that location in Glendale Heights.

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              Posted: January 18, 2015, 1:15 pm - IP Logged

              Congrats to the lucky person or people who won! Cheers

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                Posted: January 18, 2015, 2:53 pm - IP Logged

                Very lucky! Congrats to the winner! I feel like the Mega Millions has gotten much more difficult with the numbers being from 1-75. But hey it can happen!

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                  Posted: January 18, 2015, 4:48 pm - IP Logged

                  My initials are PB same as power ball.I 'm going to win power ball this wednesday

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                    Posted: January 18, 2015, 4:51 pm - IP Logged

                    Congrats to the lucky person or people who won! Cheers

                    I Agree!, ThatScaryChick ... I wonder if one or all are Illinois residents. Troll

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                      Posted: January 18, 2015, 5:52 pm - IP Logged

                      When I win the powerball on Wednesday I'm going to become a rich hoarder like Jerry Seinfeld who owns 47 porches and keeps them in. A parking garage.

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                        Posted: January 18, 2015, 6:41 pm - IP Logged

                        When I win the powerball on Wednesday I'm going to become a rich hoarder like Jerry Seinfeld who owns 47 porches and keeps them in. A parking garage.

                        How do you keep a "porch" in a parking garage?

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                          Posted: January 18, 2015, 7:24 pm - IP Logged

                          How do you keep a "porch" in a parking garage?

                          What he meant was " He was going to build 47 Porches onto his parking garage!"

                          People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                            Posted: January 18, 2015, 7:42 pm - IP Logged

                             I remember Ridgerunner having a bit of fun with a past poster with the spelling of that car, Porchias ?spelling?