RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The $1.377 billion Mega Millions jackpot has finally been won. According to the official Mega Millions website, there was one winning ticket in the draw Friday night, and it was bought in Illinois.
The winning numbers were: 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14.
The jackpot was 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 prize winner will have the option to receive the full $1.377 billion in annual payments over 29 years or to receive a cash payout of $747.2 million immediately. The prize pool increased by $110 million in less than 24 hours leading up to Friday night’s drawing.
The odds of winning the jackpot were 1 in 302.5 million.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the Commonwealth, it is coordinated by the Virginia Lottery.
Although the jackpot-winning ticket was not bought in Virginia, there were still some notable wins. During the 29 drawings of the jackpot run that began in April, Virginia Lottery generated an estimated $30.2 million in profit. By law, all of that profit goes to K-12 public education in the Commonwealth.
In Friday night’s drawing, more than 405,000 Mega Millions tickets bought in Virginia won prizes. That includes four tickets that matched four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball number. Normally that wins $10,000, however, one of those players spent an extra dollar for the Megaplier when they bought the ticket. The Megaplier doubled that prize to $20,000.
The three $10,000 winning tickets were bought at:
• 7-Eleven, 13821 Heathcote Blvd in Gainesville
• Wawa, 510 West Shirley Ave in Warrenton
• Sheetz, 15 Wyche Rd in Stafford
The $20,000 winning ticket was bought online.
According to the Illinois Lottery, the store that sold the ticket is a pretty big winner, too; it will receive half a million dollars just for selling the ticket.
Illinois is among the states where winners of more than $250,000 can choose to not reveal their names. Even lottery officials may not know for a while who won because winners don’t have to come forward straight away. And the winning ticket may have been bought by a group of people.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.