Someone in South Carolina is now a lottery billionaire

News on 24 Oct 2018

Lottery officials in South Carolina report that at least one winning ticket was sold for Tuesday night’s record-shattering Mega Millions jackpot worth at least $1.6 billion.

The results have not yet been certified and as of Wednesday morning, it’s unclear if any additional tickets matched all six numbers in other states, although California Lottery officials subsequently announced that no one in the state had won the top prize, but eight tickets had matched five of six numbers to claim $1 million each.

The winning numbers were 5-28-62-65-70, with a Megaball of 5. The jackpot winner can choose to take either an annuity for the full prize, paid out over 30 years, or a lump sum that would come to about $905 million before taxes.

Following repeated roll-overs, Mega Millions offered the largest lottery prize in history, surpassing a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot that was shared between three tickets in 2016.

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