A lucky ticket holder in SC hit the $1.6bn (about R22.9bn) jackpot in the U.S. when the numbers for the Mega Millions lottery were announced.
The winning numbers were 5-28-62-65-70, with a Mega Ball number of 5, and lottery officials estimated that 75 per cent of all number combinations had been purchased by the time of yesterday's drawing.
Information on where the winning Florida ticket was sold was not immediately available.
Unlike the Mega Millions, whose odds were 1 in 302 million, the Powerball has better chances of 1 in 292.2 million.
Players are also known for their gambling spirit, shown once again during the Mega Millions Lottery with a $1.6 billion jackpot. That's okay. There's always the Powerball, scheduled to be drawn Wednesday night.
Only three lottery jackpots have been larger than the next Powerball prize.
The jackpot may be claimed as $1 billion before federal taxes as an annuity paid out over 29 years, or as a cash option of $565 million, according to lottery officials.
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The lottery firm said Tuesday's draw saw 36 people win second prize, and 419 win the $10,000 third prize. Most winners take the cash option, which would be $354.3 million.
Sales for Saturday's Powerball drawing were at about $336,000 by Thursday around noon, but that number is expected to grow significantly, with more than two days to go before the drawing, Teja said.
A yet to come forward local in SC could be more than one billion dollars richer after purchasing a winning ticket in this week's Mega Millions jackpot. Ticket sales in MA for that drawing totaled more than $32 million, officials said.
The state that sells the winning ticket finds out first.
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