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A South Carolina lottery ticket holder has won the largest Mega Millions jackpot in US history.

Mega Millions confirmed there was one winner for the whopping $1.6 billion prize.

The jackpot numbers were: 28, 70, 5, 62, 65, with a Mega Ball of 5. The odds of choosing those numbers were said to be one in more than 300 million.

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.

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Tickets for the Mega Millions draw are sold in 44 states, the DC and the US Virgin Islands and there had not been a top prize winner since July.

Gordon Medenica, the lead director of Mega Millions Group, said: “The moment we’ve been waiting for finally arrived, and we couldn’t be more excited.

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

Mega Millions said October 23 draw saw 36 people win second prize, and 419 win the $10,000 third prize.


Friday night’s Mega Millions jackpot is expected to hit a staggering $1 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots.

It is the second-largest lottery prize in US history and joins 5 other top 10 drawings in the last 3 years.

The previous record of $656 million was set on March 30, 2012. The incredible jackpot comes after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday, October 16 – the white balls 3, 45, 49, 61 and 69, plus the gold Mega Ball 9.

The jackpot has soared since it was last won on July 24, when a California office pool of 11 co-workers shared $543 million, the largest prize ever won on a single ticket in the game. Three other Mega Millions jackpots have been won this year – $451 million on January 5 (FL), $533 million on March 30 (NJ), and $142 million on May 4 (OH).

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Lottery officials changed the odds in recent years to lessen the chance of winning a jackpot, which in turn increased the opportunity for top prizes to reach stratospheric levels.

States have generally reported increased Mega Millions and Powerball sales since the change.

A total of 4,527,495 winning tickets at all prize levels came out of Tuesday’s drawing.

There were plenty of winners on October 16 as players from around the country jumped into the game at record levels.

Nine tickets matched the five white balls to win the game’s second prize. One of them, sold in Texas, included the optional Megaplier (available in most states for an extra $1 purchase) and is worth $5 million! The other eight are million-dollar tickets – two were sold in Pennsylvania and one each in CA, FL, GA, KY, NJ and NY.

One hundred tickets matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball for the $10,000 third prize; 12 of those are actually worth $50,000 each because they included the optional Megaplier.