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FOR USE MONDAY JULY 10, 2017 AND THEREAFTER - In this Friday, July 7, 2017 photo,A lottery agent's monitor announces the return of the Mega Millions lottery game Friday, July 7, 2017, at a store in downtown Chicago. Illinois residents can once again purchase Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets after the Illinois legislature passed a state budget Thursday, July 6. The state stopped sales last month of the tickets due to its inability to contribute to the prize pool without a budget in place. Illinois Lottery officials say the state lost about $4 million by halting sales of Powerball and Mega Millions tickets because of budget stalemate. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)

$393 million winning ticket for Mega Millions jackpot was sold in Illinois


The winning ticket for the $393 million Mega Millions jackpot was sold at local barbecue restaurant in the Chicago, Illinois suburbs, according to NBC News.

The winning numbers were announced in Friday's drawing, and lottery officials said the ticket was bought at a restaurant called Nick's Barbecue.

“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,” Nick Andricopulos, the owner of Nick's, told NBC News. He also said the he has been receiving phone calls and text messages congratulating him all night, and that his staff members were shocked.

Nick's has been selling lottery tickets for about six or seven years, and Andricopulos estimated about 5,000 tickets were sold this last week for the jackpot.

In Mega Millions' 15-year-history, this jackpot is said to be the fifth-largest, and it was the first time since all U.S. lotteries started selling Mega Millions and Powerball tickets that each jackpot was over $300 million at the same time.

The winning numbers for the Friday drawing were, 23, 33, 53, 56 and 58, and the Mega Ball was 6.

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