Imagine just chilling on your smartphone or tablet, throwing some money down for tickets with the Illinois Lottery, and you automatically win half of a billion dollars. That's exactly what happened to someone in Illinois.

An Illinois iLottery player has won the Mega Millions jackpot, a massive $552 million in Tuesday night’s drawing. The $552 million winnings actually set a record.

Illinois iLottery Player Sets Record With Jackpot Win

The lucky Illinois winner scored the massive jackpot playing the game on the lottery’s mobile app, making this the largest prize ever won by an online lottery player in the U.S. The winner matched all five numbers in the MegaMillions drawing and the Mega Ball, 19-37-40-63-69-17, to win the $552 million Mega Millions jackpot for the June 4, 2024 draw.

Just two years ago, a single lottery ticket sold at a Speedway convenience store in Des Plaines, Illinois matched all six numbers, making two lucky Illinois players the winners of the $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot. This remains the largest lottery prize ever won in Illinois and was at the time the third-largest lottery prize ever won in the U.S.

Mega Millions Jackpot Nearly 1 Billion Dollars
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The lucky $552 million winner is now the fourth Illinois Lottery player who has won a prize of a million dollars or more with Mega Millions so far in 2024. This winning is also the second online Illinois Lottery player to win over a million dollars this week, following a historic Fast Play win of $2.8 million on Tuesday.

Whoever the winner is has one year from the date of the winning draw in which to claim their prize. In Illinois, you can also remain anonymous when you win so we may never know the lucky winner.

Every ticket sold is also a big win for education in Illinois. With nearly $28 million in total Mega Millions ticket sales during this jackpot run, the Illinois Lottery was able to return over $11 million to the Common School Fund to support K-12 education in Illinois.

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