US lottery player wins jackpot

A lucky US lottery player has won 

a Mega Millions jackpot of more than US$1.3 billion, 

one of the largest ever rewards, according to a US lottery official on Saturday (Jul 30).

According to the official Mega Millions website, 

a single ticket holder in the Midwestern state of Illinois, who has yet to be identified, 

had the six winning numbers and won a prize worth US$1.337 billion.

"We are happy to have witnessed one of the largest jackpot victories in Mega Millions history,

" Mega Millions Consortium lead director Pat McDonald stated on the group's website. 

"We're excited to find out who won and hope to congratulate the winner soon!"