Wed, September 14, 2022
The $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot was won by an Illinois ticket a few weeks ago.
In the 20-year history of the game, nobody has yet won the second-largest payment.
Only the South Carolina winning lottery ticket for $1.537 billion in 2018 came close.
Winners often have up to a year from the draw date to claim their prizes.
The Illinois Lottery states that prize winners may have up to a year to receive their award.
If a jackpot reward is not collected, each participating state in the Mega Millions game will get the whole amount it contributed.
The unclaimed megamillion jackpot windfall can be used in a variety of ways by the states. Unclaimed funds often remain in the state's lottery pool.
Nearly a quarter of the total is allocated to public education. It received $731 million from lottery sales the previous year.