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Mystery winners split July's $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot

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Secret winners share July's $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot.

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Eight weeks after buying tickets for the third-largest jackpot lottery in America at a fueling station located in Illinois, two unidentified winners have taken home the two winners of the $1.34 million Mega Millions prize.

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Officials said the couple - who preferred to remain anonymous, won the prize after consulting legal professionals and financial advisors on July 29 before being selected for the $780.5 million amount.

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He bought the winning ticket on a regular trip to the speedway located in Des Plaines, Illinois, agreeing to split the prize when he won.

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"When Mega Millions' $3 line with Megaplier turned into a $1.34 billion jackpot win, it proved to be an absolutely life-changing decision," the lottery director said.

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"These winners are now in a position to decide what to do with their newfound fortune."

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Winners had a full year to claim their prize, but they only had 60 days - that is, until September 27, with the option to receive $780.5 million in a lump sum.

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Lottery claims manager Luis Rodriguez Luis Rodriguez said the prize was "the biggest prize I have ever had to process" during his five years.

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“When we met with the lawyers of the winners, there was an atmosphere of excitement in the room,” said the lawyer.

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“Giving money and knowing its impact on the lives of winners as well as those close to them is an incredible feeling.

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"It was an incredible feeling to be a part of that process - so I can only imagine how the winners themselves are feeling."

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Lottery officials said they could not provide any information about the winners, except that they would have been "on the moon".

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It was the second largest prize of its kind in Mega Millions history after the $1.537 million winning lottery ticket from South Carolina on October 23, 2018. The winner is still unknown.

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The record-breaking winnings of $1.586 billion were paid out on January 13. During the 13th, 2016 Powerball lottery. The prize was divided among the winners from California, Florida and Tennessee.

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