The lucky grand prize player overcame miserable odds.
Another winning ticket worth $1 million was sold at a Publix at 601 Weldon Blvd.in Lake Mary. It could be days or even weeks before a victor steps forward to claim the prize.
The prize is extraordinary by any measure, but particularly so for SC, where it would be enough for an exceedingly generous victor to shower roughly US$307 on each of the state's five million people. The jackpot was a staggering $1.537 billion - with a one-time cash option of $878 million. However, it's more likely that you'll win this Mega Millions than fill out a flawless NCAA bracket, so keep that in mind the next time March Madness rolls around and someone's daring you to throw into the office pool. The previous record was a US$1.586 billion jackpot for a Powerball drawing in 2016.
There were 34 second-prize winners of $1 million.
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Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In a recent statement, Gordon Medenica, director of the Mega Millions Group and head of Maryland Lottery and Gaming said "The moment we've been waiting for finally arrived, and we couldn't be more excited".
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Neither of them opted to pay the extra $1 for the Megaplier, but, if they had, their tickets would be worth $3 million. The victor has 180 days to collect the jackpot.
Lottery officials have not specified exactly where those tickets were sold.
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The winning combination was 5, 28, 62, 65, 70, and a Megaball of 5.
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. We also don't know who's won the prize yet. The retailer where the ticket was sold gets a $50,000 cut once the prize is claimed. It's the largest USA lottery jackpot ever. Sales reached almost $740 million during that time, lottery officials said.
The Arizona Lottery said Tuesday night the winning ticket was bout at a convenience store near Elliot and Dobson roads in Chandler.
Three other jackpots have been won this year - $451 million on January 5 (Florida), $533 million on March 30 (New Jersey), and $142 million on May 4 (Ohio).
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