Billion Dollar Winning Lottery Ticket Sold

Billion Dollar Winning Lottery Ticket Sold

Billion Dollar Winning Lottery Ticket Sold

Here at home - don't throw away your tickets just yet.

The six winning numbers were drawn Tuesday night.

The biggest victor in the record-setting almost $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot last night is somewhere in SC.

SC law allows winners to remain anonymous as they please, and the state is one of eight which employ the rule. She cited "security procedures".

The jackpot now resets at $40 million for the next drawing on Friday.

Meanwhile, it's Powerball's turn to take the big-jackpot spotlight.

In South Carolina, winners must claim their prize in person at the Columbia Claims Center.

Editor's note: A spokeswoman for the Arizona Lottery corrected the location where the $1 million ticket was purchased. The Texas victor and one of the Florida Match 5 winners included the optional Megaplier, so those two tickets are worth $3 million each.

Exactly how much the victor will take home depends on if they choose the annuity option for payments over 30 years or the cash option. Otherwise, the jackpot is doled out over 29 years.

The estimated jackpot is the largest lottery prize ever.

So, what are your chances of winning Mega Millions?

With the odds of winning at 1 in 302 million for a single ticket, experts say you're more likely to be elected President of the United States, or canonised as a saint. "But a billion dollars is extraordinary", Crow told CBS News.

Eight were in California, four each in Florida and NY, two each in Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia, and one each in Arizona, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

And if you weren't a victor, you can try again tonight for a different jackpot. The drawing was on March 30, 2012.

These are the winning numbers for the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the largest in USA history, which were announced at 8 p.m. The previous record was a US$1.586 billion jackpot for a Powerball drawing in 2016.

Tonight's drawing (Oct. 24) is worth an estimated $620 million.

Pennsylvania Lottery Mega Millions prizes expire one year from the drawing date. We also don't know who's won the prize yet.

One lucky SC resident has claimed the staggering jackpot, so the Megamillions draw will now cease to rollover. Peak sales occurred from 6-7 pm when Mega Millions sales averaged $6,405 per minute. Your odds are 1 in 302.5 million.

About two-thirds of Americans gamble. They're also urging the victor to call the Lottery.

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