$1,000,000 Mega Millions Prize Won in Aurora
AURORA– In the Tuesday, May 19 Mega Millions draw, one lucky player in Aurora won a $1,000,000 prize. The winning ticket was purchased at Aurora Shell, 2112 Ogden Ave., in Aurora and matched five numbers to win.
The retailer will receive a bonus of $10,000 (one percent of the prize amount) for selling the winning ticket. The store owner, K. Belani, has been in business with the Lottery since 1999 and was very excited to hear of this win.
“This is a rough time for everyone, I would like to share the bonus with my staff,” said Belani. This is the first million dollar win for the Aurora Shell.
More than 30,100 other prizes were won in the May 19 drawing. One lucky player in Brussels also took home a $20,000 prize by matching four numbers and the Mega Ball, and there were three $10,000 winners in the draw from Oswego, Bolingbrook and an online winner through the Illinois Lottery app/website.
The Mega Millions jackpot is currently the largest jackpot in the world with an estimated $298 million prize, with a cash option of $235 million, eclipsing the next biggest lottery offers in Europe, North America and Australia.
Mega Millions is played twice a week - on Tuesday and Friday. The next prize draw is at 10 p.m. (CT) on Friday, May 22.
About the Illinois Lottery:
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $21 billion (since 1985) 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 homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.