Lottery officials: Winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Illinois
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The winning numbers -- 23, 33, 53, 56 and 58 and a Mega Ball of 6 -- were sold at Nick's Barbecue in Palos Heights, a short distance from Chicago, officials reported.
Friday night's jackpot was the largest for the Mega Millions drawing in nearly a year, according to officials, and cracked the top five largest prizes in the game's history. The ticket was the fourth grand prize winner of the year. David Trapp of California won the last jackpot in April, claiming a $61 million prize.
A handful of other winning tickets were sold for the games smaller prizes, including three tickets that won second prize in Washington, California and Ohio.
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According to lottery officials, August has been a popular month for Mega Millions winners.
"Eleven other Mega Millions jackpots have been won in the month of August, including two more of the game's largest prizes – $336 million on August 28, 2009 (split between winners in California and New York) and $330 million on August 31, 2007 (shared among winners in Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia). One August jackpot winner never claimed his/her prize – $31 million won in New York on August 1, 2006."
The jackpot will reset to $15 million for the next drawing on Tuesday, August 15.
Mega Millions has been played for 15 years since it replaced the Big Game in May 2002.
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