Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Single ticket in SC wins record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

TAKING A CHANCE Suffolk University student Travis Sean of Malden displays his two Mega Millions tickets in the 7 Eleven at Tremont and Park streets yesterday. Boston Herald Mega Millions Results: Winning Numbers Announced For $1.6 Billion Jackpot
Jodi Jackson | 28 October, 2018, 10:03

The sole ticket to a Mega Millions jackpot of over $1.5 billion, or a cash sum of nearly $878 million, was sold somewhere in SC, lottery officials said early Wednesday.

The winning numbers are 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and a mega number of 5.

In all, 407,312 tickets won prizes in North Carolina, ranging from $2 to $1 million and totaling $4.1 million.

With the jackpot and the other lesser prizes - as little as the face value of a ticket for getting just the Mega Ball right - there were almost 16 million tickets Tuesday night that earned people at least something.

Meanwhile, a Powerball drawing with a $620 million jackpot is set for Wednesday night. However, almost all winners take the lump sum cash option, which for Tuesday's drawing was an estimated $913m.

The drawing was at 11 p.m. ET Tuesday, and the odds of holding the winning ticket were about 1 in 302 million.

And if you find that you are not mega-lucky from Tuesday night's drawing, there's always Powerball.

The previous record for the largest USA lottery prize was a $1.586bn (£1.226bn) jackpot for a Powerball draw in 2016. The winning ticket is said to have been purchased at a South Carolina Convenience store.

One was sold at a Circle K on Harrison Avenue in Cary.

No one in California won the big $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot - the largest in history.

So who won the jackpot in SC?

The next jackpot victor could come from anywhere.

Odds of winning the prize were 1 in 302 million.

The jackpot was initially estimated to be $1.6 billion.

Mega Millions tickets are $2 and are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

It will likely be days or even weeks before the ticket-holder steps forward to claim the prize.

The new Mega Millions jackpot is $40 million.

States receive a percentage of lottery ticket sales and then use the money to support public schools or meet other needs.

Mega Millions has already smashed its own jackpot record. In Kansas there were three $10,000 winners and fifty $500 winners.

A winning Mega Millions ticket for a $1.537 billion lottery - one of the largest ever - was sold in South Carolina, according to the South Carolina Education State Lottery. Not too shabby, either.

Although Tuesday's jackpot was huge, it's no fluke.

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