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$1.6B Mega Millions ticket sold in SC

$1.6B Mega Millions ticket sold in SC

Reaction on Twitter came quickly - at least from those who did not win. But "with this many zeros attached to it, it is a recipe for disaster", said Rubin Sinins, the attorney for the five jilted construction workers in that 2009 case.

That would leave most of us disappointed but some lucky victor beset by a host of questions.

And it's possible that the world will never know the victor.

SC is one of seven states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, including, Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas, reports ABC News.

The biggest Mega Millions jackpot victor prior to this was a $656 million ticket sold back in 2012, she said, "so it's a record for Mega Millions and it came very close to breaking the world record of all the jackpots". The jackpot is a staggering $1.6 billion - with a one-time cash option of $913 million. Otherwise, the full $1.537 billion jackpot would be paid in annuities over 29 years. The cash option, which almost all winners take, was estimated to be $913 million.

However, despite the bad odds - one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home - it didn't stop people across the Houston-area and the nation from heading out the buy tickets ahead of Tuesday night's drawing.

If you didn't match them all, you could still have a chance to win a smaller prize.

"Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record", Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said about Tuesday's drawing.

Experts advise the holder of the winning ticket to first put it in a safe place.

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The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350 and the odds of winning any prize are 1 in 24.

The prize stood at $1.6 billion (£1.2 billion).

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70, and the Mega Ball was 5.

But winning the jackpot can also go the other way.

Powerball made similar changes to its rules in 2015.

The odds of winning Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot were 1 in 303 million, according to the S.C. Lottery.

In San Diego, a ticket matching 5 of 6 numbers was sold at a Chevron gas station in Del Cerro, near San Diego State University.

Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing was for a jackpot estimated at $1.6 billion, which was the nation's largest ever.


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