Chicago Resident Claims $1million Mega Millions Prize

Thu Tran with her $1,000,000 winning Mega Millions ticket.

Thu Tran with her $1,000,000 winning Mega Millions ticket.

For Immediate Release Contact: Micaela Small 630-486-0658

Chicago, IL— January 30, 2013 — The Illinois Lottery announces another $1million Mega Millions winner. Chicago resident Thu Ha Thi Tran claimed a $1millionMega Millions prize at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines. The lucky lottery player matched the first five numbers — 8 — 14 — 17 — 20 — 39 — (07) — in the Tuesday, December 17 Mega Millions drawing.

The winning ticket was purchased at Tai Nam Food Market, 4925 North Broadway in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. The retailer received a $10,000 bonus, 1 percent of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

The Mega Millions jackpot climbed to a staggering $648,000,000 for the December 17 drawing. Sales of Mega Millions tickets peaked that 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.

Starting last October, the Mega Millions minimum jackpot increased from $12 million to $15 million, and will grow by at least $5 million after each drawing in which the jackpot is not won. The Mega Millions second prize increased from $250,000 to $1million, and the overall odds of winning any prize improved to 1 in 14.7--all for the still-current $1 price. For more information, please visit

Mega Millions is currently played in 45 jurisdictions: 43 states plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11:00 Eastern Time, 10:00 Central Time, 9:00 Mountain Time and 8:00 Pacific Time. Profits from every Mega Millions ticket sold in Illinois remain in Illinois.


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 Players must be at least 18 years old.