Naperville man wins $265 million Mega Millions jackpot
RELEASE DATE: 2/24/2015
CHICAGO, IL – Naperville resident Jesus Davila Jr. became the winner of the largest prize in Illinois Lottery history when the first line of numbers on his $5 Quick Pick ticket matched all six numbers – 26 - 32 - 44 - 45 - 58 - (11) – to win the jackpot in the Friday, January 16, Mega Millions drawing. That day, he was the only person—among the millions who bought tickets in 44 states, Washington DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—to match all six numbers.
Today Illinois Lottery officials presented Davila a $265 million oversized check at the James R Thompson Center in Chicago to commemorate his history-making win.
“I’ve been lucky enough to meet the two largest lottery winners in the proud history of the Illinois Lottery: the $218 million winner in March 2012 from Red Bud Illinois, and now Mr. Davila from nearby Naperville. His experience, as was the case in beautiful Red Bud, proves that anything’s possible,” said Lottery Director Michael Jones.
Davila was at home the evening of January 16 and, as he watched the televised Mega Millions drawing, he wrote the winning numbers on a piece of paper. When he compared them to the numbers on his ticket, he thought he had matched the first five numbers to win $1million. He showed the ticket to his son who double-checked it and immediately realized that his father’s ticket had actually matched all six numbers to win the jackpot! “My son said, ‘You have every number here, Dad’ and then we started shouting, ‘We’re millionaires! We’re millionaires!’ and we couldn’t stop giggling and laughing!” Davila said.
After spending a couple of weeks consulting with family members and professional financial advisors, Davila was ready to come forward and claim his prize. He was calm and quiet as he removed the folded $265 million winning ticket from the front pocket of his jeans, smoothed out the creases, and presented it to staff at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines two weeks ago.
Davila, 70, is a retired, professional driver. Originally from Puerto Rico, he came to the United States when he was only six years old and lived in Chicago until five years ago when he moved to Naperville to be closer to family. He has three sons, one daughter, and four grandchildren. He plans to share the windfall with his family, invest, and donate to his favorite charities. “I would also like to buy a big house with a really big lawn… and a riding lawn mower!”
Davila opted to take his prize as a one-time payment of $178,091,398. After the required withholding (25 percent federal, 3.75 percent state), Davila will receive a payment of $126,890,121. The Glendale Heights store that sold the $265 million winning Mega Millions ticket is Bucky’s Express, 1202 Bloomingdale Road. The retailer received a $500,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. “It’s worth noting that during the run up to this enormous Mega Millions prize, tickets sales generated more than $10 million for the state’s Common School Fund,” said Jones.
The $265 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing began on Nov 7, 2014 with the jackpot at $15 million. There were 20 rollovers during the ten weeks the jackpot continued to grow before it was hit. During that time, Illinois sold $25.4 million worth of Mega Millions tickets, and had over 2.1 million winning tickets, with prizes ranging from $1 to $25,000. The January 16 Mega Millions jackpot was originally estimated to be $270 million. Under Mega Millions rules, the actual jackpot is determined by sales, which resulted in a final jackpot of $265 million.
The second largest Illinois lottery prize ever was $218.6 million, awarded to a man from downstate Red Bud, Illinois. He opted for a one-time payment of $157.8 million (less required withholding). The Red Bud winner was one of three winners from the largest Lottery jackpot to date: $656 million for Mega Millions from March of 2012.
Below is the list of top prizes awarded to Illinois Lottery players:
||Jesus Davila, Jr.
||Flynn & Powell Partners
||Britton Family Partners
QUICK MEGA MILLIONS FACTS
•Jan 16 jackpot - $265 million; cash value of $178 million
•Jackpots start at $15 million
•Overall odds of winning the jackpot 1:258,890,850
•Overall odds of winning any prize 1:14.7
•Drawings are at 9:59 PM (CT) every Tuesday and Friday
For more information, please visit illinoislottery.com.
About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed nearly $19 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto and Lucky Day Lotto at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.
Media contact: Mike Lang, Illinois Lottery, (217) 524-5158 or (217) 553-5978