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Mega Million Jackpot Climbs To $480 Million

July 14th, 2022

Will An Illinois Player Be The Next Mega Millionaire?


CHICAGO, July 14, 2022 – The Mega Millions jackpot has rolled to an eye-watering $480 million for tomorrow night’s drawing!

Illinois Lottery players are already winning big this jackpot roll - with a local player winning $1 million in Tuesday night’s draw. That player matched all five numbers on a ticket purchased online through the Illinois Lottery website.

And our players have had their share of luck hitting the top prize over the years, with 12 local players winning the Mega Millions jackpot since 2002.

Incredibly, in 2002 and 2012 Illinois Lottery players won back-to-back Mega Millions jackpot rolls!

The most recent Mega Millions jackpot win in Illinois was almost a year ago today. For the June 8, 2021 drawing, a player from Crestwood bought a ticket from Citgo Gas Station located at 13830 S. Pulaski Road.

That turned out to be a life changing decision when that little piece of paper turned out to be worth $56 million.

And it turned out to be a pretty incredible moment for the retailers who sold the winning ticket - they received a $500,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

With $480 million up for grabs for the Friday drawing, everyone is wondering who the next Mega Millions millionaire will be?

There is one thing that every single Mega Millions winner to date has in common - they all had a ticket for the draw.


Illinois Lottery Mega Millions winners since 2002




June 2021

$56 million


August 2017

$343 million

Palos Heights

September 2016

$134 million


June 2015

$262 million

Blue Island

January 2015

$265 million


May 2012

$118 million


March 2012

$218.6 million

Red Bud

March 2010

$20 million


May 2008

$8.5 million

Franklin Grove

September 2002

$37 million

Mount Prospect

May 2002

$12 million


May 2002

$28 million



About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $22 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.