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$393M Winning Mega Millions Ticket Sold in Illinois

by Phil Helsel and Ali Gostanian /
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Johnny Maroun sells Mega Million lottery tickets to a customer at the family's Marathon service station in Moreland Hills, Ohio on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. File.AP

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A single $393 million Mega Millions jackpot winning ticket was sold in Illinois, officials announced on the game's website.

The winning numbers in Friday’s drawing were 23-33-53-56 and 58, with the Mega Ball of 6. The winning ticket bought at Nick's Barbecue in Palos Heights matched all six numbers, game officials said.

The jackpot was said to be the fifth-largest in Mega Millions' 15-year-history. The jackpot has grown since it was last won on April 28.

Nick Andricopulos, the owner of the establishment where the winning ticket was sold, said he has been up all night receiving congratulatory phone calls and text messages.

“We're very excited about selling the winning ticket and we're very, very happy for the winner because we know it's one of our customers,” Andricopulos said.

He said he and his staff members were in shock and have sold lottery tickets for about 6 or 7 years.

Andricopulos estimates that this week around 5,000 tickets were sold for the jackpot.

The Mega Millions game is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Those with dreams of hitting it big may not have all their hopes dashed. Saturday’s Powerball jackpot was estimated at $356 million after no one won the big prize on Wednesday.

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It was the first time since all U.S. lotteries began selling Mega Millions and Powerball tickets that both games offered jackpots of more than $300 million at the same time.

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