What happens if no one claims the Mega Millions jackpot

Weeks have passed since an Illinois ticket purchased the $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot.

The second-biggest prize in the game's 20-year history has not yet been claimed, while the greatest jackpot ever won was $1.537 billion in South Carolina in 2018.

According to the Mega Millions website, there are different procedures and deadlines for each state's prizes.

According to the Illinois Lottery, winners may have up to a year to claim their prize.

Each participating state in the Mega Millions game will receive a full refund of the money it donated if a jackpot award is not claimed within the required time frame.

Although the states have diverse uses for their unclaimed lottery winnings, unclaimed money usually stays in the state's lottery budget.

According to the state lottery, almost one-fourth of every lottery dollar wagered in Illinois goes toward paying public education.

The state's education budget received $731 million from lottery sales last year.