'I Couldn't Believe It': Lottery Winner Claims $393M, Largest Prize in Illinois History - NBC Chicago

'I Couldn't Believe It': Lottery Winner Claims $393M, Largest Prize in Illinois History

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    The winner of a $393 million Mega Millions jackpot has claimed the largest prize in Illinois lottery history. 

    Patricia Busking collected her collosal winnings Friday and told reporters the last two weeks had been a "whirl wind." 

    The single ticket sold in Illinois matched all the numbers drawn during the Mega Millions jackpot earlier this month.

    “It was surreal, it was an out of body experience when I saw all those numbers that matched,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

    Winning Mega Millions Ticket Sold in Illinois

    [CHI] Winning Mega Millions Ticket Sold in Illinois

    A single ticket sold in Illinois matched all the numbers drawn during Friday's Mega Millions jackpot, making the ticket worth an estimated $393 million. NBC 5's Emily Florez reports.

    (Published Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017)

    The prize, which was previously estimated to be the sixth-largest prize at $382 million, grew to $393 million, moving it up the ranks as the fifth-largest prize in the game's history. The ticket was sold at Nick's Barbecue in Palos Heights, Illinois, just 30 minutes outside of Chicago. 

    “We plan to share the winnings with our family and friends,” Busking said, adding that she plans to donate to some of her favorite charities that had "touched our lives ... so they can continue to touch the lives of others."

    She said she doesn't play the lottery often, just when it gets "big."

    The winning numbers were: 23, 33, 53, 56 and 58. The Mega Ball number was six. 

    Three tickets, sold in Ohio, Washington and California, matched the five white ball numbers to win the game's second prize.

    This is the fourth Mega Millions jackpot winner this year. 

    Also this week, a Massachusetts woman won the $758.7 million Powerball prize. 

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