History Was made on Tuesday when a ticket sold in South Carolina, USA, won the $1.6bn Mega Millions jackpot. It’s the largest ever jackpot in US Lottery history and now the big question is who owns the winning ticket?
The $1.6bn Mega Millions jackpot had produced queues of people at service stations and stores across the USA, all dreaming they would win the massive Mega Millions jackpot. In the end, it was a ticket in South Carolina that was able to match 05-28-62-65-70 and the Mega Ball 05 to become the first winners of the top prize since a group of Californian bankers won a $543m Mega Millions top prize.
“The moment we’ve been waiting for finally arrived, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Gordon Medenica, lead director of Mega Millions Group. “This is truly a historic occasion. We’re so happy for the winner, and we know the South Carolina Education Lottery can’t wait to meet the lucky ticket holder.”
The record-breaking Mega Millions draw also saw 36 tickets miss out by just one ball. They all matched the five main numbers but will forever remember the Mega Millions draw in which they missed out on a $1.6bn jackpot by failing to match the Mega Ball. They do all become lottery millionaires though. Last year a man from South Carolina won $1m playing Mega Millions and then proposed to his girlfriend.
The Mega Millions winner hasn’t come forward yet, so we don’t know if it’s a single person or a syndicate who have won the jackpot. The ticket holder(s) can either take a one-off cash payment of $913m or have it paid in instalments over the next 29 years. They also need to decide whether to reveal their name(s) or remain anonymous like last year’s $2m Powerball winner from South Carolina.
This is only the second $1bn+ US lottery win. In January 2016, three tickets shared a $1.5bn Powerball jackpot. The largest win by a single ticket had been the $758.7m Powerball jackpot that was won last year by Mavis Wanczyk from Massachusetts, USA,
This $1.6bn jackpot win is nearly a billion dollars more than the previous highest Mega Millions jackpot. That was the $656m won in 2012 and shared by three tickets purchased in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois.
Friday’s Mega Millions draw sees the jackpot returned to $40m. Attention will now turn to the $620m in Wednesday’s Powerball draw.
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