History Made as an Individual Wins $1.537 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot

History has indeed been made as an unknown individual in South Carolina wins the Mega Million jackpot, $1.537 Billion, on Tuesday night. This is a highly anticipated moment: “The moment we’ve been waiting for finally arrived, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming. “This is truly a historic occasion. We’re so happy for the winner, and we know the South Carolina Education Lottery can’t wait to meet the lucky ticket holder.” This would be the first Mega Millions jackpot winner in South Carolina, according to a historical listing on the MM website. The jackpot had been rolling since July 24, when a California office pool of 11 co-workers shared a $543 million prize. Three other jackpots have been won this year – $451 million on January 5 (Florida), $533 million on March 30 (New Jersey), and $142 million on May 4 (Ohio). The historic winner of Tuesday night’s jackpot has done the magic with the following winning numbers: the white balls 5, 28, 62, 65 and 70, plus the gold Mega Ball 5. It should be stressed however that the win is no small feat. It is in fact near-impossible as the Mega Million formula – Mega Millions players should know this – requires players to pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega number from 1 to 25. The possibility of winning the jackpot thus is 1 in 302,575,350. This is what the winner has surmounted. Lucky him! The jackpot smashed the former Mega Millions record of $656 million set in March 2012, and is only slightly beaten by the $1.586 billion Powerball prize in January 2016 which was shared by three winning tickets. If the winner chooses to take a one-time payment, then they will get paid $878 million. They can only get the whole amount if they were paid annually in 30 years. The identity of the winner as has been stressed is unknown. If the they want to keep their identity a secret, state lottery rules allow prizes to be claimed anonymously for 180 days, CBS reported. Added to that, South Carolina, where the winner is in,allows of anonymity. Given this win, many spirits have been super spurred. NewsFrigate.com understands that Virginia Lottery officials said as many as 12,700 tickets were being sold per minute at the sales peak in that state. Lottery players can now turn their attention to Wednesday night’s $620 million Powerball prize. It’s been more than two months since Powerball saw a grand prize winner, when New Yorker Nandlall Mangal was the sole winner of $245.6 million. The official Mega Millions websites published that, “In addition to the jackpot winner, the sales frenzy produced a whopping 36 second prize tickets – each matching the five white balls drawn Tuesday night. Eight were in California, four each in Florida and New York, two each in Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia, and one each in Arizona, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin. The Texas winner and one of the Florida Match 5 winners included the optional Megaplier, so those two tickets are worth $3 million each.” The next Mega Millions drawing is Friday, and the jackpot will reset itself to $40 million — or $22.8 million cash. Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands. A ticket costs $2 Aside – Mega Millions aside, the Powerball drawing is Wednesday, and the jackpot for that is an estimated $620 million. References: Mega Millions Washington Post CNN USA Today