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A customer walked into a Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Ill., that sold a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket on July 30. Two people, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed the $1.337 billion jackpot, officials said Wednesday.

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A customer walked into a Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Ill., that sold a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket on July 30. Two people, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed the $1.337 billion jackpot, officials said Wednesday.

Nam Y. Huh/AP

CHICAGO – Two people who wished to remain anonymous claimed the $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot after selling a single ticket for a late-July drawing in a Chicago suburb, lottery officials said Wednesday.

The Illinois Lottery claimed the prize for the July 29 drawing, the nation’s third-largest lottery prize, was claimed by two people who agreed to split the prize if they won. Following the lead of the two top winners, who chose to remain anonymous, they have until Sept. 27 to opt in favor of a single lump sum payout, said Emilia Mazur, spokeswoman for Camelot Illinois, the Illinois Lottery’s private manager. .

The Illinois Lottery could not share any information about the winners except to say that they must be “over the moon” with their Mega Millions win. Illinois is one of at least 16 states where winners can remain anonymous.

Lottery officials said the two men have worked with professional legal and financial advisors over the past few weeks to support the claims process — something experts recommend lottery winners do.

“These winners are now in the enviable position of deciding what to do with their newfound fortune,” said Illinois Lottery Director Harold Mays.

According to megamillions.com, one jackpot-winning ticket was purchased at a Speedway gas station and convenience store in Des Plaines.

Winning Numbers: 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14.

The jackpot has grown huge as no one has matched the game’s six selected numbers since April 15. That’s 29 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner. Since no one won the Mega Millions jackpot after the July 29 drawing, the jackpot now stands at $301 million.

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