Winning $1.5 billion ticket was sold in Simpsonville, SC


According to the official website of the South Carolina Education Lottery, one winning ticket was sold.

Unlike in many other countries, U.S. lottery winnings are taxable at the federal level, while some states also impose local taxes.

Asked whether the name of the victor would ever come to light, Brown said "Perhaps not". "We would offer them free milk and cookies, but I doubt they need it now".

South Carolina's lottery director says they hope to reveal the identify of the store that sold the winning ticket by mid-day Wednesday. Spano tweeted out: "Congrats To The Lucky Winner!"

Officials had predicted that the victor could take home around $1.6 billion, but ticket sales reportedly fell below projections.

The magic numbers drawn Tuesday night were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70, and the Mega Ball was 5. The South Carolina ticket that won had all five numbers and the magic bullet, the Mega Ball 5.

Anyone who hits all six numbers to win the jackpot can choose an immediate cash payment of $904 million or receive the $1.6 billion prize over 29 years. The lump sum cash payout is estimated at $354.3 million. He gets a $50,000 bonus, and said Wednesday he will share part of it with his employees.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 USA states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

The jackpot had been building since July 24, when 11 California office co-workers shared a $543 million grand prize.

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Two tickets matched four white balls and the Mega Ball, winning a base prize of $10,000.

Mega Millions officials count on enormous jackpots to draw in players who would ordinarily avoid participating.

The history-breaking jackpot topped the highest jackpot for Mega Millions of $656 million set in March 2012 and was close to the highest jackpot ever, Powerball's $1.586 billion prize in January 2016.

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

The jackpot grew so massive because it had been almost three months since a player had matched all six numbers and won the top prize.

The odds of winning jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.

In South Carolina, winners must claim their prize in person at the Columbia Claims Center. The games are played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands.

"A matter of fact, we didn't call it the Mega Millions here- we called it the 'Mega Billions, '" said Kent Fuel and Mini Mart manager Mohammad Abuhamdeh.