ILLINOIS (IRN) — Tonight’s Mega Millions multi-state lottery jackpot has the potential to be one of the biggest lottery jackpots in state history if a winning ticket is bought in Illinois.
The biggest jackpot in Illinois Lottery history was a $393 million Mega Millions jackpot won in August 2017. As of Tuesday afternoon, tonight’s jackpot was expected to be $372 million. The final winning jackpot total can still grow. The drawing is at 10 p.m.
As lottery jackpots grow, so do the number of people taking part in office lottery pools. The Illinois Lottery offered some tips for those who participate in an office lottery pool.
Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg said proper leadership is a good first step.
“We encourage everybody to designate a leader. Somebody who is going to be responsible for managing the pool,” Schaumburg said. “Create rules for your group. Don’t allow anyone to participate who can’t accept the rules.”
Good record keeping is also important. To help with office pool organization, the Illinois Lottery offers an online form to help players.
“We have all sorts of group play tips and things of that nature on our website,” Schaumburg said.
Winners can stay anonymous if they follow set procedures when claiming the prize. According to Illinois Lottery rules, anyone who wins a jackpot greater than $250,000 can choose not to have their name and municipality of residence published if the winner makes a written request at the time of claiming the prize. The lottery rules also include a disclaimer that lottery winner information remains subject to the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
Mega Millions winners can choose to have a one-time lump sum payment or divided into 30 annual payments. Lottery rules require the winner to decide on which payment option they want within 60 days of the drawing. After 60 days, the payment automatically defaults to the annuity payment option.
The Illinois Lottery also encourages winners to seek professional financial advice before claiming their prize. A full list of recommendations for winners is available online in the Illinois Lottery’s Winners’ Handbook.
The winning numbers for all Illinois Lottery games are published online at IllinoisLottery.com.
The Mega Millions lottery is played in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The largest winning jackpot in Mega Millions history was valued at $1.537 billion. The winning ticket was sold last October to a single winner.
The top 5 largest draw-game jackpots won in Illinois:
- $393 million (Mega Millions, August 2017)
- $265 million (Mega Millions, January 2015)
- $260 million (Mega Millions, June 2015)
- $219 million (Mega Millions, March 2012)
- $183 million (Big Game, April 2002)