One person in Illinois won the $1.28 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the third largest prize in US history, after stores reported a 35 percent increase in lotto ticket sales.
Mega Millions officials confirmed that a winning ticket for the jackpot was sold in Illinois, but the identity of the winner has yet to be confirmed.
The winning ticket was sold at the Speedy Cafe Speedway gas station on E. Touhy Avenue, in De Plaines, Fox Business reports.
DailyMail.com reached out to the store, but a manager said he was unaware the winning ticket came from his store.
Friday’s winning numbers were 67, 45, 57, 36, and 13 The mega millions ball was 14, with the winner able to overcome the 1 in 303 million odds.
Friday’s jackpot winner will have the option of receiving the $1.28 billion over the course of 29 years, or opt for a lump sum of $747.2 million in cash.
The fervor to claim the prize, which after 29 consecutive drawings soared to the point where vendor signs had trouble displaying the full amount.
One Manhattan deli employee told the New York Post that ticket sales at his store were up by as much as 35 percent ahead of Friday’s drawing.
The winning ticket was reportedly sold at the Speedy Cafe Speedway gas station (above) on E. Touhy Avenue, in De Plaines
Mega Millions officials confirmed that a winning ticket for the $1.28 billion jackpot was sold in Illinois, but the identity of the winner has yet to be confirmed
Stores across the nation said lotto ticket sales were up 35 percent after the Mega Millions jackpot reached $1.28 billion on Friday, the third highest prize in history. Pictured: customers at a Lucky’s Store in Illinois lining up to purchase lotto tickets
The Blue Bird Liquor store in Los Angeles saw big lines on Friday as people rushed to try and overcome the 1 in 303 million odds to win
Pictured: People crowding around a kiosk in Manhattan to purchase tickets on Friday
One man in Richardson, Texas, is seen trying his luck as he purchased tickets
After 29 consecutive drawings, the Mega Millions prize soared to the point where vendor signs had trouble displaying the full amount. Pictured: a store in Manhattan put up a paper note by its lottery display as the electronic sign could not exceed $999 million
While the identity of Friday’s winner remains unclear, experts say the lucky person should keep it that way as it’s they keep a low profile.
As many were eager to claim the jackpot on Friday, ticket sales were through the roof, with Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery, estimating that $200,000 worth of tickets were sold per hour in his state.
‘Because it’s… the tourist season, we’re seeing a bunch of folks from out of state play,’ McIntyre told WMUR, noting that New Hampshire is the only New England state that doesn’t take income tax.
Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald, who leads the Mega Millions consortium, said he was eager to hear who could claim the prize.
‘We are thrilled with the opportunity Mega Millions provides to retailers, players and good causes throughout the country,’ he said in a statement.
Some of that good is already being seen as high ticket purchases have raised $16.5 million in North Carolina for education, ABC 13 reported.
‘When you buy that two dollar ticket, about 76 cents will be going to education,’ Van Denton, NC Education Lottery communications director, told the outlet.
That money goes to every county in the state to pay for school staff, transportation and repair costs, as well as supporting North Carolina’s pre-k program and scholarship funds.
In Miami, people lined up early in the morning outside stores to be the first to buy lottery tickets after it swelled to $1.28 billion
Jackpot hopeful Jennifer Ho (above) showed off the more than 50 lottery picks she bought at the Lichine’s Liquors & Deli in Sacramento, California, on Friday
One California man in Palo Alto is seen buying a ticket slip to try his luck at the lottery
Lottery officials in New Hampshire estimated that $200,000 worth of tickets were sold per hour on Friday. Pictured: Pierre’s Palace manager Bruce Gideos selling a Mega Millions ticket to a customer in Chesterfield
In Hawthorne, California, Bluebird Liquor employee Ronald Marine (right) sold $200 worth of Mega millions tickets to Paul Sandoval (left)
If nobody had hit all six numbers, the grand prize would have reached a historic $1.7 billion, according to Mega millions announcer John Crow.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot was recorded at $1.537 billion in October 2018, where an anonymous South Carolina player claimed the prize.
Mega Millions now lists the winnings for the next drawing, scheduled for Tuesday, at $20 million.