Numbers Drawn For Record-Breaking $1.6 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot

Numbers Drawn For Record-Breaking $1.6 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot

Numbers Drawn For Record-Breaking $1.6 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot

The South Carolina Education Lottery reported on its website Tuesday night that one winning ticket was sold in its state.

"The final total was less than the $1.6 billion estimate", said Carol Gentry, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Lottery, which leads a consortium of state lotteries participating in the Mega Millions jackpot.

For those still looking for a big pay day a Powerball drawing is scheduled for Wednesday, and the jackpot in that one is an estimated $620 million.

The odds of winning Mega Millions are 1 in 302.6 million, which are actually less than the odds of winning the Powerball, which is 1 in 292.2 million. You then have 180 days to claim your prize in Tallahassee at the lottery office.

That would leave most of us disappointed but some lucky victor beset by a host of questions.

That game itself now has a monster jackpot, though a small one relative to Mega Millions: Powerball stands at $US620 million ahead of Wednesday's drawing. "Our obsession with lotteries, with gambling, is that unicorn feeling of, like, 'Maybe it'll be me,"' CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger said.

The $US1.6 billion prize reflects the annuity option, paid over 29 years. However, almost all winners take the cash option, which for Tuesday's drawing was an estimated $913 million.

Of course, whoever wins the prize won't be able to turn in a ticket and be handed $1 billion in cash.

"I'll do 30", she said, and rattled off the numbers that she hoped would yield a $1.6 billion payoff.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands.

For matching four white balls plus the Mega Ball, 419 tickets won the game's $10,000 third prize Tuesday night. People around Western Pennsylvania were still lined up late into the evening for their chance at the record-breaking jackpot.

You are more likely to get hit by lightning or attacked by a shark than win the Mega Millions.

The nation's largest lottery jackpots have rolled for a few months.

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