Poker Players Go Wild For $1.6 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot

Ticket sold in South Carolina wins record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

Lottery officials in the southern state say a ticket that matched all six numbers of Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing was sold at the KC Mart shop in Simpsonville.

The winning tickets were purchased at the Whistlestop in Union Hall. But since the chance of winning the Mega Millions is 1 in 302.5 million, I'm happy settling for the next best thing: watching HGTV's My Lottery Dream Home. When sales closed last night, the Mega Millions jackpot was $1.537 billion, just short of a world record. Those tickets matched four of the first five numbers, and the mega ball.

The Baton Rouge tickets were bought at the Circle K at 9320 Burbank Drive and Romero's Food Mart at 13921 Joor Road.

"It was heartbreaking to know I was only one number away from the big one, or even a $3 million win", said Rosa when he claimed his prize at the Lottery offices in Boise this morning.

Both locations will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning tickets, according to a statement from Mega Millions.

The person or persons with the lucky numbers has yet to come forward and has the option to remain anonymous, said Tony Cooper, chief operating officer of the S.C. Education Lottery.

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Richard McGowan, a Jesuit priest and gambling expert at Boston College, agreed that estimating big jackpots isn't an exact science, but he said officials are under increasing pressure to tout big prizes as the percentage of people playing lotteries has declined over the years. The estimated prize for Powerball's annuity option in tonight's drawing is $620 million, with a cash prize of $354.3 million. His advice for the potential victor and for anybody who suddenly receives a lot of money is to "not tell anybody except your very close friends" and "that it could be kind of an error to go and pay off a lot of family debts".

The victor can take $913m in a lump sum cash payment or the whole pile in annuities over 29 years. That's okay. There's always the Powerball, scheduled to be drawn Wednesday night.

"There are few precedents for a jackpot this size".

The victor has 180 days to claim the prize, Armstrong said. SC is one of eight American states that does not make lottery winners publicly identify themselves.

A customer, who did not want to be identified, displays the $200.00 worth of Mega Millions tickets he bought at Downtown Plaza convenience store in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018.

'Sell me another lucky one. Chase Hatcher said, trading smiles across the counter with Jee and Twinkle Patel.

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