Winning ticket scoops $1.6bn US Mega Millions jackpot

28 October, 2018, 06:04 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • TAKING A CHANCE Suffolk University student Travis Sean of Malden displays his two Mega Millions tickets in the 7 Eleven at Tremont and Park streets yesterday. Boston Herald

While they may have been shooting for the massive $1.6 million jackpot, two North Carolina Mega Millions players came out with $1 million each.

If no tickets match the Tuesday numbers, lottery officials say the jackpot is expected to grow to an estimated $2 billion for Friday's drawing.

The odds of matching all six numbers - the five regular numbers and the Mega Ball - are 1 in 302,575,350.

There could be more lucky ticket holders - not all states have reported if they sold any partially winning ticket numbers.

SC is one of the few states that does not require lottery winners to make their identities public information.

Should the unidentified victor pick a one-time cash option, they would walk away with a cool $878 million.

The windfall had been accumulating since July 24, when a group of 11 co-workers in California split a $543 million 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".

There were 34 second-prize winners of $1 million. People have been coming in before work and on their lunch hour to buy those Mega Millions tickets.

Don't feel too bad you didn't win the jackpot. A ticket costs $2 - and the victor beat the odds of 1 in 302 million.

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Although Tuesday's jackpot was very big, it's no fluke. The retailer where the ticket was sold gets a $50,000 cut once the prize is claimed.

Ruckel said the crush of publicity that falls on a lottery victor is something that most people do not usually experience, even those with a high net-worth.

The cash value is $354.3 million. Last October, those officials made two big changes: They doubled ticket prices to $2 - and tweaked the formula to make it easier to win smaller prizes but harder to win the jackpot.

The history-making Mega Millions jackpot was close to the $1.586 Powerball prize in January 2016, and smashed the former Mega Millions record of $656 million set in March 2012.

Depending on the state, winners have 180 days to a year to claim the prize.

The winning five numbers were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 5.

Mega Millions officials count on enormous jackpots to draw in players who would ordinarily avoid participating.

Across the river, a $1 million ticket was sold at an undisclosed store in Louisville.

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