‘Shock and disbelief’: Woman wins Mega Millions jackpot

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(Gray News) - An Illinois woman claimed her Mega Millions jackpot price of $552 million, according to Illinois Lottery.

The winner, nicknamed “MEGA Millionaire,” played the game online. Her win is the largest jackpot won through iLottery in U.S. history.

“I was scrolling through my emails when I saw one from the Illinois Lottery saying to check my numbers because I won a prize,” the woman said. “In the past, I’ve won $2 here or $5 there, so I assumed it would be similar.”

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was in “shock and disbelief” when she opened the lottery app and saw that she won.

She matched all five numbers and the Mega Ball, 19-37-40-63-69-17, to win the jackpot in the June 4, 2024, Mega Millions drawing.

Tuesday night’s historic online win was the ninth-largest Mega Millions jackpot prize in the game’s history.

“I’ve always dreamed of retiring early and enjoying life with my family. I think it’s safe to say my dream just came true,” the woman said.