Single victor bags $2.1b in U.S. lottery jackpot

Posted October 26, 2018

The Mega Millions winning numbers are out and a single lucky ticket holder in SC can claim the largest jackpot ever offered - an estimated $1.6 billion with a one-time cash option of $913 million.

She purchased her winning Quic Pic ticket, which matched the first five numbers drawn, at a Cumberland Farms in Bridgewater, the release said.

It's not $1.586 billion, but Wednesday's night Powerball jackpot of $602.5 million is nothing to sneeze at.

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Never has the sixth-largest lottery jackpot in US history seemed so small. Janice Curtis, the mayor, said that the victor was a local factory worker who planned to remain anonymous.

"It is an exciting time to be a lottery player", Powerball product group chairman and New Mexico Lottery CEO David Barden said before the drawing on October 25, CBS News reported.

Word of the lottery winning ticket being sold in Simpsonville attracted the most news trucks and cameras the city has ever seen, Curtis said. The cash option is now $428.6 million.

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One ticket worth $3 million was sold at RaceTrac on South John Young Parkway in Orlando.

The $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot was reportedly won by a person in SC this week.

Someone purchased a $1 million victor at a Hy-Vee gas station in Davenport. "Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment!" But they're actually a little better than the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot.

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Cooper says the victor will owe the state $80 million in taxes if the full prize is paid out in annual installments.