5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and again 5: here is the winning combination of the huge jackpot of the US lottery, valued at $ 1.537 billion, the biggest jackpot ever won in the United States. the world for a single ticket, announced Wednesday the makers of Mega Millions.
Tuesday’s winning ticket was sold in South Carolina, in the small town of Simpsonville, home to 22,000 people.
“Incredible!” Reacted Janice Curtis, the mayor of the town, to the Washington Post.
She described Simpsonville as a rural town “with a church on every street corner”.
The identification of the winner (s) – if it is a ticket purchased jointly – has not yet been made, says on its website Mega Millions, which refined the amount after having promised 1, $6 billion.
Under South Carolina law, the lucky one (s) could remain anonymous.
A slightly larger jackpot of $1.586 billion was awarded in January 2016 by the other major US lottery, Powerball, but the loot was then split between three winners in California, Florida and Tennessee for final gain of 528.8 million each.
“The moment we were waiting for finally arrived and we could not be more excited,” said Gordon Medenica, director of the Mega Millions group. “It’s really historic,” he added. The sum of $ 1.5 billion equates to nearly five tons of gold.
A chance on 300 million to win
The Mega Millions draw had long queues in front of the kiosks, supermarkets and grocery stores where, for two dollars a ticket, the lottery tickets of 44 US states, the federal capital Washington and the Virgin Islands were sold. With a 300 million chance of winning.
The player able to find the six correct numbers has the option of either receiving the full jackpot in installments spread over 30 years, or to immediately receive a reduced amount that would represent for the draw of Tuesday some $ 878 million, according to the Mega Millions website.
Unlike many other countries, winnings from the US lottery are taxable.
The jackpot was able to reach this astronomical sum, because there had been no winner since July, when a group of colleagues from California shared $ 543 million.
The record for the biggest single win in the United States was previously held by Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old Massachusetts mom, who won the $ 758.7-million Powerball jackpot in August 2017.
Mega Millions was created in 2002. Its formula has been modified several times in order to lower the probability of winning the jackpot, which has allowed to raise regularly the jackpot to several hundreds of millions of dollars.
After Tuesday’s memorable draw, 36 tickets will also be eligible for the second prize for those who have checked five good numbers, or $ 1 million each. And in total, nearly 16 million tickets will have won at least a few dollars, the refund of the starting bet to super jackpot.
Forty million dollars will be in play in the next Mega Millions draw on Friday.