Two people come forward to claim big £1.1bn Mega Millions win eight weeks later

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The $1.34billion (£1.1billion) Mega Millions lottery jackpot has been claimed by two lucky winners almost eight weeks since the lottery was drawn.

The winners have chosen to remain anonymous and said they agreed to split the whopping prize money if they somehow ended up winning the jackpot.

According to Fox 32, the pair are “over the moon” with the result as Illinois Lottery Director Harold Mays said the duo bought their Mega Millions tickets during a stop at a Speedway station in Des Plaines, a suburb in Chicago.

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Mays added : “That turned out to be an absolutely life-changing decision when a $3 (£2.67) line of Mega Millions with Megaplier turned into a $1.34bn jackpot win."

After the winners worked with financial and legal advisers on what their next steps should entail, they decided to receive a lump sum payment of $780.5million (£694million).

This Mega Millions jackpot became the third biggest lottery win in the United States and its's staggering jackpot size became that way due to 29 lottery drawings in a row without a winner being crowned until the two winners became victors on July 29 earlier this year

Illinois Lottery Claims Manager Luis Rodriguez said the lottery win was a piece of personal history for him during his tenure in his current role.

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“I’ve been working for the Illinois Lottery for over five years, and this is by far the largest prize I’ve ever had to process," he said.

"When we met with the winners’ lawyers there was a real buzz of excitement in the room.”

Mr Mays further said: “These winners are now in the enviable position of deciding what to do with their newfound fortune."


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