Single winning ticket sold in United States lottery just shy of world record

Lottery fever remains in Kentucky as Powerball approaches $620 million
South Carolina adds 2nd billionaire with huge jackpot ticket
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25 October, 2018

The world might never know who won the historic $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot Tuesday night. Most were rewarded with a $1 million prize, but two of them - in Florida and Texas - added a Megaplier option, tripling their winnings to $3 million.

States receive a percentage of lottery ticket sales and then use the money to support public schools or meet other needs.

The buyer of the ticket beat the odds of 1 in 303 million to win the Mega Millions drawing for one of the largest jackpots in United States history. One of his tickets matched the first five numbers, only missing the sixth and final Mega Ball number.

Mega Millions was created in 2002 and has seen a number of changes to the rules over the years that have reduced the odds of winning, leading to larger jackpots.

All eyes are now on tonight's Powerball jackpot which is an estimated $620 million with a cash option of $354.3 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday, October 23, was originally estimated at $1.6 billion-which would have been the biggest Mega Millions grand prize ever and the highest lottery jackpot in USA history, period.

The name of South Carolina's last big victor - a $399 million Powerball jackpot in September 2013 which at the time was the fourth biggest lottery prize in USA history - has never been made public. Many people won't even notice a jackpot unless they hear it's the largest ever, he said.

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The victor can decide to take a cash payout of $913 million after tax, or opt to have it paid out in instalments over 29 years.

"It's a big, big win for South Carolina", Cooper said. Sales reached almost $740 million during that time, lottery officials said.

The Mega Millions victor would be subject to taxes, of course, bringing down the takeaway significantly.

Most lottery winners opt for the lump sum.

But when the jackpot was finalised, it was downgraded to US$1.537 billion.

Some KC Mart customers were hoping today that some Mega Millions luck would rub off as they played Powerball.


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