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Illinois Lottery Players Win Big In Mega Millions Draw 

March 27th, 2024

Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $865 Million for Tonight’s Drawing

CHICAGO, March 27, 2024 – One very lucky player in New Jersey will be doing some serious celebrating and financial planning after snatching up the winning Mega Millions ticket worth a staggering $1.128 billion last night – the fifth largest Mega Millions jackpot in the game's history. 

The winning Mega Millions numbers were: 7-11-22-29-38 and Mega Ball 4.

In Illinois, several Mega Millions players are also celebrating after winning big money from Tuesday night’s drawing.

One lucky Illinois player is a newly minted-millionaire after matching all five numbers to scoop up the second top prize. The $1 million winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased at RT. 59 Gasoline Inc., located at 1100 W. Stearns Rd. in Bartlett, IL.

In addition, two players matched four numbers and the Mega Ball, plus they added the game’s ‘Megaplier’ feature to win $20,000 each, and five players matched four numbers and the Mega Ball to win $10,000 each.

The Mega Millions roll began on December 9, 2023, and in that time, over 925,000 winning tickets were sold, and nearly $9.4 million in prizes were won by Illinois Lottery players.

Every single Mega Millions win is also a win for the retailers selling the winning tickets, as the retailers receive a selling bonus of 1% of the prize amount.

It was also a big win for education in Illinois. With nearly $56 million in total ticket sales, the Illinois Lottery was able to return over $22 million to the Common School Fund to support K-12 education across the State.

Winners have one year from the date of the winning draw in which to claim their prize. The Illinois Lottery encourages all lucky winners to write their name on the back of their ticket and keep it in a safe place until they’re ready to claim their prize.

Another life-changing jackpot is still up for grabs tonight – giving Illinois Lottery players another chance at striking it rich.

The Powerball jackpot for tonight’s drawing is now a mouth-watering $865 million – the fifth largest in the game's history.

With over 7,000 Illinois Lottery retailers across the State, lottery players can conveniently pick up a ticket at their local store or they can login to the Illinois Lottery website or app and purchase a ticket online.

Powerball tickets are $2 each, and players can add the Power Play for an additional $1 for the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes.

Powerball b-roll available for download here.

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. The Illinois Lottery reminds all players to: “Set A Limit and Stick To It.” Before you play, set a limit on the amount of time and money you plan to spend and only spend what you have. For more information, visit: Illinois Lottery Responsible Gaming.

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The Illinois Lottery, founded in 1974, has contributed over $24 billion to the State’s Common School Fund in support of K-12 public education in Illinois since 1985. The Common School Fund is the Illinois Lottery’s primary benefactor, receiving nearly 99% of Illinois Lottery proceeds. The Illinois Lottery also supports various specialty causes as described in the Illinois Lottery Law (20 ILCS 1605/21.4). For more information about the Illinois Lottery and the causes we support, please visit