|For Immediate Release||Contact: Chanele Newton (312) 368-5814|
CHICAGO, IL— December 18, 2013 — In the wake of Tuesday night’s $648 million jackpot fever, one as-yet-unknown Mega Millions player who brought their ticket in Chicago stands to claim a $1million prize, while the State’s Common School Fund will gain more than $21 million as a result of the nearly 12-week-long jackpot run.
In addition to the $1 million winner who bought his/her winning ticket at Tai Nam Food Market at 4925 North Broadway in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, there were 1,123,586 additional winning tickets sold in Illinois for Tuesday night’s drawing. Lower-tier prizes for the 1.12 million winning tickets range from $1 to $5,000. All prizes must be claimed with a year of the drawing.
Sales of Mega Millions tickets peaked Tuesday night from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. when Lottery officials reported tickets selling at a rate of $23,000 per minute, or $1.4 million for the hour. From October 2 to December 17 (the period of time that the jackpot rolled) the Lottery recorded $54 million in Mega Millions sales including Megaplier sales.
Throughout Illinois, people flocked to more than 8,200 lottery retailers to purchase Mega Millions tickets. In addition, during the course of the jackpot run, some $1.67 million in Mega Millions sales were made through the Lottery’s website portal, www.myillinoislottery.com
Last October the Mega Millions jackpot was altered to include larger, faster growing jackpots; second-place prizes of at least $1million; and better odds of winning smaller cash prizes. The massive $648 million jackpot can be attributed in large part to the game’s revamp.
About Illinois Lottery:
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.