No one has come forward with the winning ticket for the $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot

You can watch the next Mega Millions drawing at 11 p.m. Tuesday on Channel 7 and here on abc7NY.com

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Sunday, August 28, 2022
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It's been nearly a month since that billion-dollar Mega Millions jackpot ticket was sold, but the winner still hasn't claimed all that money!

ILLINOIS (WABC) -- It's been nearly a month since that billion dollar Mega Millions jackpot ticket was sold, but the winner still hasn't claimed all that money.

Americans watched for almost a month as the Mega Millions jackpot grew into a whopping $1.34 billion.

After 29 consecutive drawings without a winner, one winning ticket was finally sold at a Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois.

But so far, no one has come forward with the golden ticket.

You can watch Mega Millions drawings every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. on Channel 7 and here on abc7NY.com.

The Illinois lottery director says the winner has one year from the date of the drawing to claim the money, and since the amount is more than $250,000, the winner can choose to remain anonymous in Illinois.

The $1.34 billion prize is for players who are paid with the annuity option, which makes 30 annual payments that stretch over 29 years.

Nearly all jackpot winners choose the cash option, which is an estimated $747.2 million before taxes for this lucky winner.

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The $1.34 billion jackpot was the second largest in Mega Millions history.

Back in 2018, one winning ticket was sold in South Carolina for the $1.537 billion prize.

The U.S. record jackpot is $1.586 billion for a Jan. 2016 Powerball draw.

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The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are a staggering 1 in 302.5 million.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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