$1 million lottery ticket sold at Phoenix convenience store

$1 million lottery ticket sold at Phoenix convenience store

The ticket, sold in SC, matched the five numbers 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 5 that were drawn last night, a Mega Millions spokeswoman said.

Two winning lottery tickets worth millions of dollars were sold in the Central Florida area, meaning locals who made a decision to test their lottery luck should check their numbers.

Around 1 a.m. Eastern, South Carolina Lottery announced that one winning ticket was sold there.

The jackpot may be claimed as $1 billion before federal taxes as an annuity paid out over 29 years, or as a cash option of $565 million, according to lottery officials.

The ticket is worth about US$877.8-million in a lump-sum cash payment, which most winners choose to take, rather than collect the full amount in annual payments over three decades. Lottery officials confirm that 36 second prize tickets matching the five white ball numbers were drawn.

The Mega Millions jackpot and a Powerball lottery prize that stands at US$620 million, have spread lottery fever across the United States in recent days.

Still, the jaw-dropping $1.537bn jackpot failed to break the record for lottery winnings, held by the $1.586bn Powerball prize shared by three winners in January 2016.

One was sold at a Circle K on Harrison Avenue in Cary.




The last time that happened was July 24, when 11 co-workers from California won $US543 million.

While many states still require jackpot winners to claim their prizes publicly, the tide seems to be turning in favor of winners wanting to fly under the radar.

The odds winning the grand prize was 1 in 302.5 million. A $1.5 million investment in Microsoft Corp in 1986 would be worth about $1.6 billion today.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands. A ticket costs $2 - and the victor beat the odds of 1 in 302 million. The lottery is coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association, along with several other lottery games, including Powerball.

Although Tuesday's jackpot was big, it's no fluke. Its previous lottery record haul was a $399 million Powerball jackpot. Lawson's jackpot holds the record for the largest Lottery prize ever won in MI.

The jackpot, the most ever given away in a U.S. lottery, would be enough to buy an National Football League team, the Washington Post and the most expensive home in NY and still have spare change to buy a few islands and private jets.

A winning Mega Millions ticket for a $1.537 billion lottery - one of the largest ever - was sold in South Carolina, according to the South Carolina Education State Lottery.

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