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The $1.3 billion Mega Millions lottery prize will be returned to the contributing states if not claimed within one year.

The winning ticket, with numbers 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14, was purchased at a Safeway by a lucky customer in a Chicago suburb, though the jackpot currently remains unclaimed.

According to Illinois law, the winner has 357 days remaining to come forward.

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Although the Safeway that sold the winning ticket will be given half a million dollars, a clerk working at the store told the Hill by phone that they had not yet been notified, only learning that they had sold the winning ticket from inquiring reporters.

If the holder of the ticket does not come forward within a year, the jackpot will be distributed back to the states that contributed to the game, according to the Mega Millions website. Currently, 45 different states, along with Washington, D.C., and the United States Virgin Islands, contribute to the game.

The currently unclaimed jackpot is the nation's third largest, growing to such a size because no one had matched the numbers since April 15, which is 29 consecutive drawings without a winner. Drawings have now reset back to $20 million.

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The odds of winning the major prize are 1 in 302.5 million.

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Hero dolphins RESCUE Brit swimmer from 6ft shark lining up deadly attack by surrounding him & scaring off beast

A PLUCKY pod of dolphins rescued a Brit swimmer from a 6ft shark lining up a deadly attack.

Adam Walker claims the heroic creatures formed a protective circle around him to fend off the underwater beast in New Zealand.

3Adam Walker says the pod of majestic creatures protected him from the 6ft sharkCredit: Adam Walker/Facebook 3Incredible images captured the moment dolphins surrounded him in the waterCredit: Adam Walker/Facebook

The baffled bloke, from Nottingham, had headed into open water in hopes of fulfilling his dream of swimming with dolphins in 2014.

The majestic mammals managed to surpass even Adam's expectations after they scared off a great white shark that was headed for him.

He claims he was told by a pal that he did not need to worry about sharks in the area, promising him a fear-free dip.

But lurking in the depths of the Cook Strait was a 6ft beast, gunning for an oblivious Adam who hovered above.

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He was already battling fierce waves, describing the dip as "like swimming in a washing machine".

The Brit could then hardly believe his eyes when a pod of dolphins popped up and began swimming around him in circles.

He believes the intuitive animals had noticed the deadly predator and opted to keep him safe on his open water swim.

In a Facebook post detailing his extraordinary experience at the time, Adam wrote: "Dream come true swimming with dolphins over an hour…open-water swimming doesn’t get any better than this!

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"I’d like to think they were protecting me and guiding me home. This swim will stay with me forever."

He admitted he hadn't even noticed the huge shark while in the water and only became aware when he got out.

The swimmer told the Marlborough Express he was not best pleased with his pal after dicing with death, admitting he "had a go at him when I got out".

Dolphins are often targeted by sharks in the ocean and rely on each other for protection.

They tend to retaliate against attacks by using their large snout to prod the predators, jabbing their underbelly or gills.

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The Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) organisation said: "The main advantage dolphins have against shark attacks is safety in numbers; they stick together in pods and defend one another from a shark’s attack by chasing and ramming it.

"Dolphins are able to protect vulnerable members of their pods and extended families such as young dolphins and injured or sick dolphins."

3Dolphins rely on each other to protect themselves from predatorsCredit: Getty

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