One winning ticket sold in U.S. for record US$1.6 billion lottery

One winning ticket sold in U.S. for record US$1.6 billion lottery

Meanwhile, four $1 million tickets were sold in NY; three in Florida; and two each in Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia.

An earlier Mega Millions estimate of US$1.6-billion would have been a world record for lotteries, but actual sales came in below the US$1.586-billion Powerball jackpot prize shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January, 2016.

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 victor can take $913 million in a lump sum cash payment or the whole pile in annuities over 29 years.

But with the rise of nefarious people trying to take advantage of winners, anonymity may be a much more appealing option.

The winning combination was 5, 28, 62, 65, 70, and a Megaball of 5. But Mega Millions officials said Wednesday the jackpot was several million dollars less. The winning ticket is said to have been purchased at a South Carolina Convenience store. Across the U.S., people who make less than $10,000 spend an average of $597 on lottery tickets, about 6% of their annual income. "If no one wins tonight, Friday's jackpot is an estimated $2 billion".

The estimated jackpot is the largest lottery prize ever. The number two lottery jackpot in US and world history was a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot. We can't wait for the victor to come forward so we can have them come in and celebrate. The lucky player overcame miserable odds: The chance of matching all six numbers and winning the top prize is 1 in 302.5 million.

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Someone has won a world-record $US1.6 billion ($2.2 billion) Mega Millions jackpot in the United States - and it's possible the world will never know their identity.

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

There could be more lucky ticket holders - not all states have reported if they sold any partially winning ticket numbers.

Although Tuesday's jackpot was extraordinarily large, it was no fluke. Its previous lottery record haul was a $399 million Powerball jackpot. Officials said they would release more details later on Wednesday.

In March, a New Hampshire judge ruled that a $560 million Powerball jackpot victor can stay anonymous after she sued the state's lottery.

Mega Millions officials say a ticket purchased in SC matches all six numbers in Tuesday night's drawing.

The Powerball The Powerball has climbed since the last victor in NY in August and has had 20 drawings since then without a jackpot victor.

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