Record Breaking Mega Millions Jackpot Ticket Sold In South Carolina

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Lottery officials say someone has won the record $1.6 billion US Mega Millions jackpot.

The buyer of the ticket beat odds of 1 in 303 million to win the Mega Millions drawing.

Some lucky person may get a cash payout of $904 million, after their ticket won the largest jackpot in US lottery history. Three people in SC also matched four out of five of the numbers plus the Mega ball.

And it's possible that the world will never know the victor.

The Mega Millions site said the next estimated jackpot was "pending", after announcing the winning numbers 5, 28, 62, 65,70 and a mega number 5.

Lottery officials recommend winners take a deep breath, put their winning ticket in a safe spot and consult with a reputable financial planner before popping over to the lottery headquarters.

$1.58bn: A Powerball win in 2016.

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"You're thinking about a best case scenario of winning, but you're taking precautions about a worst case of fighting over the winnings", Neubauer said.

Lottery machines were pumping out tickets all day long.

"I personally never bought one", she said. It is one of the stores with the biggest wins in the past year. You have until 9:58 buy a ticket for that drawing.

It will likely be days or even weeks before a victor steps forward to claim the prize. Winning tickets valued at $25,001 or more must be redeemed at the lottery's office in Baltimore. The jaw-dropping amount of money set a record for lottery jackpots after nobody won the $1-billion (R14.3-billion) prize on Friday.

Lottery fever gripped the USA as the jackpot snowballed since it was last won in July, when an 11-member pool of office workers in California won $543m (£420m at today's rates).

There are more than 302-million possible number combinations, and about 75 percent of them were expected to be sold for Tuesday night's drawing.