DES MOINES, IA (Associated Press) – Someone has beaten the odds and won the estimated $1.28 billion Mega Millions jackpot. Lottery officials say there is one winning ticket that was purchased in Illinois.
The winning numbers are: 13-36-45-57-67, with a Mega Ball of 14.
The jackpot is the nation’s third-largest lottery prize. It grew so large because no one had matched the game’s six selected numbers since April 15. That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.
The $1.28 billion prize is for winners who choose the annuity option, paid annually over 29 years. Most winner opt for the cash option, which for Tuesday night’s drawing was an estimated $747.2 million.