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$393M winning Mega Millions ticket sold in IL, lottery officials say

13 August 2017

At least one person in IL is waking Saturday up a Mega Millions jackpot victor.

Someone who purchased a Mega Millions lottery ticket in the Bay Area is about to cash in on $550,731.

If the owner of the winning ticket chooses the lump sum, they'll walk away with about $247 million before taxes. Lottery officials said the jackpot was the largest in almost a year, and the fifth largest in the 15-year history of the drawing. However, that amount was shared between several ticket holders. One ticket was sold in Washington, and the others were sold in California and Ohio. Powerball is at $356 million. Meanwhile the Powerball jackpot also keeps climbing for Saturday night's drawing.

That's a cash value of $224 million if you take the lump sum.

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The jackpot had been rolling since April 28, the last time someone hit the jackpot.

The jackpot will reset to $15 million for the next draw on August 15. This was after another California man Jack Freney won $191 million a few months earlier.

"You see more individuals in line purchasing the two tickets when the two recreations are over $300 million", said Jeff Lenard, representative for the National Association of Convenience Stores, whose individuals offer around 66% of the country's lottery tickets.

The odds of buying a jackpot-winning ticket are 258,890,850 to 1. For Powerball, the figure stands at one in about 292.2 million.

$393M winning Mega Millions ticket sold in IL, lottery officials say