PALOS HEIGHTS, IL (AP) — The Illinois Lottery states that a suburban Chicago barbecue restaurant sold the winning ticket for a $393 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot.
On Saturday, it added that someone bought the ticket at Nick’s Barbecue in Palos Heights. Restaurant owner Nick Andricopulos will receive a $500,000 bonus for selling the ticket. Andricopulos said he learned the news from one of his employees Friday night, wrote Chicago Tribune.
The $393 million jackpot from Friday’s drawing is the largest in Illinois history. It’s fifth largest in Mega Millions history. The estimated cash value is $256 million plus a $500,000 selling bonus for the retailer.
Lottery officials are urging the winner to “immediately sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place” until the winner takes it to one of the state’s five prize centers. Winners have one year from the date of the drawing to claim their winnings.
The jackpot started April 28 and rolled over 30 times.