The prize rose to $1.5 billion after no one won the jackpot in a drawing last Friday. "Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment!" the South Carolina Education Lottery tweeted. She said prize recipients should create a trust and hire a team of lawyers, financial advisers and security.
The record 2016 Powerball jackpot was split three ways by ticket holders in California, Florida and Tennessee. Anyone who hit all six numbers to win the jackpot can choose an immediate cash payment of US$904 million or receive the US$1.6 billion prize over 29 years. Lower-tier prizes may be claimed at a Lottery retailer.
The $1 million tickets matched all five white balls in the drawing.
- A winning Mega Millions ticket was sold in SC, according to lottery officials there. They were bought in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Virginia Lottery officials said as many as 12,700 tickets were being sold per minute at the sales peak in that state.
With a one-time cash option, the unidentified victor will walk away with a cool $913.7 million. It's the largest United States lottery jackpot ever.
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The jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million.
Mega Millions has more than 302 million possible number combinations.
The winning ticket was sold in South Carolina, according to the South Carolina Educational Lottery website. "But a billion dollars is extraordinary", Crow told CBS News.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states, as well as Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands.
If you had dreams of winning the Mega Millions' jackpot, we hate to break it to you - sorry. The drawing was on March 30, 2012.
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Before this week's Mega Millions, the U.S. lottery jackpot record was $1.586 billion, split among three winning Powerball tickets in January 2016.
"A matter of fact, we didn't call it the Mega Millions here- we called it the 'Mega Billions, '" said Kent Fuel and Mini Mart manager Mohammad Abuhamdeh.
Lottery mania across the country continues tonight with a Powerball drawing worth an estimated $620 million with a cash value of $354.3 million. "We're so happy for the victor or winners, and we know the South Carolina Education Lottery can't wait to meet them".
Winners can stay anonymous in seven states in addition to SC, but in the rest, winners' names are made public.
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