One winning ticket wins $1.33 billion

Winning ticket wins $1.33B

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It's one of the biggest payouts in US lottery history: A winning ticket snagged Friday night's jackpot worth more than US$1.33 billion, it was announced on Saturday organizers. 

“Mega Millions players, check your tickets! We have a winner (…) in Illinois. Stay tuned for more details!” the lottery from this central eastern state tweeted.

“We can't wait to find out who won and hope to congratulate the winner soon!” added in a press release Pat McDonald, an official of Mega Millions.

The jackpot was initially estimated at 1.28 billion dollars, but “the final value was higher than the estimate” , based on actual sales, Mega Millions explained.

Friday's 1.337 billion represents what the lucky winner would get if they agreed to spread the payment over 30 years.

If he wanted to receive his prize all at once, he would receive “only” 780 million – part of which would then be deducted by taxes – according to an estimate of Mega Millions.

The jackpot of this lottery has not stopped growing for more than three months, just like the dreams of fortune of its players, no one having managed to guess the six correct numbers during the thirty or so previous draws ents.

The odds of winning this staggering sum were only one in nearly $303 million.

The biggest payout ever was $1.586 billion . It was won in January 2016 in the other major American lottery, Powerball, but the spoils were divided between three winners.