Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

$1.6bn lottery jackpot won in US

$1.6bn lottery jackpot won in US

The odds of winning jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.

- A winning Mega Millions ticket was sold in SC, according to lottery officials there.

The six winning numbers drawn on Tuesday night were five, 28, 62, 65, 70 and another five as the special "gold Mega Ball".

It was the second time in two weeks that a Safeway store in San Francisco sold a lottery ticket that matched five out of six numbers.

There could be more lucky ticket holders - not all states have reported if they sold any partially winning ticket numbers. Winners have up to 180 days to come forward to claim their money.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

SC is one of seven states that don't require lottery winners to be publicly identified, CNN affiliate WIS reported.

The $1.6bn prize reflects the annuity option, paid over 29 years.

Most winners opt for the cash reward, which, in this case, was $878 million, lottery officials said.

Mega Millions announced the win in a statement early Wednesday.

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The odds of matching all six numbers and winning the top prize is 1 in 302.5 million.

Tonight's drawing (Oct. 24) is worth an estimated $620 million. People have been coming in before work and on their lunch hour to buy those Mega Millions tickets.

While many states still require jackpot winners to claim their prizes publicly, the tide seems to be turning in favor of winners wanting to fly under the radar.

While lottery officials will meet the victor - or winners if the ticket was bought as part of a pool - the general public may never know the identity.

The victor would only become an actual billionaire by taking the prize in annual instalments over three decades and hanging on to the bulk of the money.

SC lottery's executive director Hogan Brown appeared on CBS This Morning today and noted that anonymity can help the victor.

The next Mega Millions drawing is Friday, and the jackpot will reset itself to $40 million - or $22.8 million cash.

Some KC Mart customers Wednesday were hoping some Mega Millions luck would rub off as they played the Powerball.

Lottery fever struck nationwide ahead of Tuesday's drawing, with jackpot chasers waiting in long lines for tickets.

Lucas also bought a $20 100X The Cash scratch-off ticket, on which he won the $1 million. Seven others in the state won $10,000 apiece. The ticket was sold in Palmetto State.

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