One Jackpot Winner in Massive Mega Millions Lottery

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the Mega Millions lottery jackpot (all times local):
7:30 a.m.
Lottery officials say the final numbers are in and the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket is just shy of the all-time world record.
The earlier estimate of $1.6 billion would have been a world record for lotteries, but actual sales came in just short of the estimate for a total of $1.537 billion, if paid out over 30 years. That’s worth about $877.8 million in a lump-sum cash payment.

Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carol Gentry explained the difference in a phone interview with The Associated Press.
She says estimated payouts are based on historical patterns, and ‘there are few precedents for a jackpot of this size.” She says typically about 70 percent of sales occur on the day of the drawing, “so forecasting precise numbers in advance can be difficult” and that’s why they always use the term “estimate.”
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4:00 a.m.
Lottery officials say someone has won the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot.
Mega Millions officials say a ticket purchased in South Carolina matches all six numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing. The massive jackpot is the world’s largest ever lottery grand prize.
The winning numbers were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5. No details on where the winning ticket was sold were immediately available.
The jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million.
The lucky player overcame miserable odds. The chance of matching all six numbers and winning the top prize is 1 in 302.5 million.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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10 p.m.
The winning numbers have been drawn for the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot, but it isn’t immediately clear if there’s a winner .
The numbers drawn in Tuesday night’s drawing are 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5.
The estimated jackpot is the largest lottery prize ever . The jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million.
If no tickets match the Tuesday numbers, lottery officials say the jackpot is expected to grow to an estimated $2 billion for Friday’s drawing.
It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is a dismal 1 in 302.5 million.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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For the AP’s complete coverage of the lottery: https://apnews.com/Lottery

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