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$1.1 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot

Third Largest Jackpot of All Time

Friday, July 29, is the next Mega Millions drawing, the jackpot has increased again and is now a mind-blowing $1.1 billion.

This is the largest jackpot in almost four years, and the first time since January 2021 that there has been a jackpot of $1 billion or more.

This is the third largest jackpot of all time in the U.S.

So far this year, three Illinois Lottery players have won prizes of $1 million with Mega Millions. This includes the Tuesday night drawing on July 26 when a ticket bought at JM Food Shop at 11200 N IL Route 47, Huntley, IL 60142 matched all five numbers.

This newly-minted Illinois millionaire is yet to claim their prize. The Illinois Lottery encourages all winners to write their name on the back of their ticket and make an appointment at a claim center to claim their prize. For more information on how to claim a lottery prize, visit Illinois.Lottery/winning

The next Mega Millions drawing is this Friday night, July 29 at 10 p.m (CT).

The Illinois Lottery encourages all of its players to play responsibly. Play for fun, not funds; and set a budget and stick to it. For more information on how to play lottery games responsibly, please visit


Three largest jackpots won to date:

  • $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot won by three tickets in California, Florida, and Tennessee in 2016
  • $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot won by a ticket in South Carolina in 2018
  • $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot won by a ticket in Michigan in 2021


About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $23 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools and special causes like Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS and Alzheimer’s research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit


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