< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">The jackpot for Friday's draw was over $1 billion.
That's it One of the biggest payouts in American lottery history: A winning ticket took home Friday night's jackpot worth more than $1.33 billion, organizers announced Saturday.
Mega Millions players, check your tickets! We have a […] winner in Illinois. Stay tuned for more details!, tweeted the lottery from this central eastern state.
We can't wait to find out who won and hope to congratulate the winner soon!, added in a press release Pat McDonald, a manager of Mega Millions.
The jackpot was initially estimated at $1.28 billion, but the final value was higher than estimated, based on actual sales, Mega Millions explained.
< p class="e-p">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 only receive 780 million – part of which would then be taken out through taxes – according to an estimate of Mega Millions.
The jackpot of this lottery has been steadily growing for more than three months, as have the dreams of its players' fortunes, with no one having succeeded in guessing the six correct numbers in the thirty or so draws precedents.
The odds of winning this staggering sum were only one in nearly 303 million.
The most important gain never won rises at $1.586 billion. It was won in January 2016 in the other major American lottery, Powerball, but the spoils were divided between three winners.