An estimated $1.6 billion with a one-time cash option of $913 million stands to be claimed in the largest Mega Million jackpot ever offered.
The magic numbers drawn Tuesday night were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70, and the Mega Ball was 5.
Mega Millions announced the historic win in a statement early Wednesday.
‘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.’
Mega Millions beats its own jackpot record made in March 2012 when $656 million was shared by winners in three states.
The last recorded win was on July 24 when 11 co-workers split $543 million. A ticket costs $2 — but the odds of winning are about 1 in 302 million. Mega Million is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C, and the US Virgin Islands. It’s really anybody’s game.
What about the Powerball?
The Powerball drawing is today and the jackpot for that is an estimated $620 million. By no means, a small sum, comparatively speaking.
The Powerball has climbed since the last winner in New York in August and has had 20 drawings since then without a jackpot winner. Wednesday’s will be the third-largest Powerball jackpot.
Before this week’s Mega Millions, the US lottery jackpot record was $1.586 billion, split among three winning Powerball tickets in January 2016.