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A single US lottery winner is now an incredible $1.33 billion richer. And yes, that’s billion — richer

The Mega Millions $1.33 billion jackpot is is going to a single unknown winner. Photo: MegaMillions
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A single ticket bought in a Chicago suburb has beaten the odds and won a $US1.337 billion ($A1.913 billion) Mega Millions jackpot.

According to megamillions.com, there was one jackpot-winning ticket in the draw Friday night, and it was bought at a Speedway service station and convenience store in Des Plaines.

The winning numbers were: 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14.

“We are thrilled to have witnessed one of the biggest jackpot wins in Mega Millions history,” Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald, the current Lead Director for the Mega Millions Consortium, said in a statement on the lottery’s website.

“We’re eager to find out who won and look forward to congratulating the winner soon!”

The jackpot was the nation’s third-largest lottery prize. It grew so large because no one had matched the game’s six selected numbers since April 15. That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner.

Lottery officials had estimated the winning take at $US1.28 billion but revised the number up to $US1.337 billion on Saturday.

The total prize is for winners who choose the annuity option, paid annually over 29 years. Most winners opt for the cash option, which for Friday night’s drawing was an estimated $US780.5 million.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.

According to the Illinois Lottery, the store that sold the ticket is a pretty big winner, too: it will receive half a million dollars just for selling the ticket.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands. The game is co-ordinated by state lotteries.

-AAP