The Mega Millions drawing was held last night with a record-setting US$1.6 billion (RM6.66 billion) prize on line that has Americans dreaming of buying homes, cars, helping financially strapped friends and family and early retirement. Most states require that lottery winners' names be shared, but SC is one of the exceptions to this rule. She cited "security procedures".
Still, about half of the approximately 320 million people living in the US are expected to play in today's Mega Millions drawing. A ticket costs $2 - but the odds of winning are about 1 in 302 million.
The identity of the person in SC who won the more than $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot may never be revealed, a lottery official said Wednesday. Those tickets were sold in Mount Pleasant and Grandville and are worth $1 million.
Most winners opt for the cash reward, which, in this case, was $878 million, lottery officials said. Otherwise, the jackpot is doled out over 29 years.
The windfall had been accumulating since July 24, when a group of 11 co-workers in California split a $543 million prize.
So, what are your chances of winning Mega Millions?
Florida Lottery officials said the victor of the $3 million ticket, who has not yet stepped forward to claim the prize, bought the ticket at a RaceTrac at 12136 South John Young Parkway in Orlando. "But a billion dollars is extraordinary", Crow told CBS News.
The odds of winning the massive jackpot, played in 44 states and the District of Columbia, stand at a mere one in 302.5 million, according to the Associated Press.
"Our message to the $1.5 BILLION #Mega Millions jackpot victor: Sign the back of the ticket, place the ticket in a safe location, speak with a trusted advisor and CALL THE LOTTERY at 1-866-736-9819".
What happens if no one claims Mega Millions? For the next drawing on Friday, the jackpot will reset to its starting value of $40 million, or about $22.8 million in cash.
If you woke up early Wednesday to find out if you are a billionaire, chances are excellent that you got a few more hours of sleep, unless you bought your Mega Millions lottery ticket in SC. "Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment!" the South Carolina Education Lottery tweeted. Peak sales occurred from 6-7 pm when Mega Millions sales averaged $6,405 per minute.
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