Winning ticket in $2.45 billion U.S. lottery

Winning ticket in $2.45 billion U.S. lottery

Troy Powers
October 25, 2018

The world's second largest lottery jackpot eluded Kansas players last night, but four players were just one number away from winning or sharing the $1.537 billion jackpot, according to the Kansas Lottery.

The Mega Millions ticket sold at SLO Quick Stop at 2600 Broad Street.

Three tickets matched four of the first five numbers and the Megaball without Megaplier to win $10,000.

People had been lining up at service stations and stores nationwide for a chance to win the huge prize.

Jerry and Jo Mears of Eden, North Carolina are the lucky $1 million winning lotto ticket holders. The winning numbers were: 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and 5 for the mega ball.

Wednesday, Powerball will draw for the sixth largest jackpot in United States history.

The $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot is the total if the victor elects to get the money paid out over the course of 30 years, with an average annual payment of $51 million (pre-tax), according to USAMega.com. The jackpot for Powerball had climbed to $620 million by Wednesday afternoon.

Owner Teju Patadia said they were very busy Wednesday with customers looking to buy lottery tickets from what's now known as the lucky store.

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The name of South Carolina's last big victor - a $399 million Powerball jackpot in September 2013 which at the time was the fourth biggest lottery prize in US history - has never been made public.

Leading up to Tuesday's drawing, the buzz surrounding the Mega Millions and Powerball drawings was high.

Later that day, she drove over to the Raleigh lottery headquarters with her children and claimed a lump sum of $600,000, turning down the annuity option which offered 20 payments of $50,000.

Simpsonville, South Carolina, is having a moment. Most winners take the cash option, which would be $354.3 million.

Lottery officials said the state will get $80 million in taxes.

Richard McGowan, a Jesuit priest and gambling expert at Boston College, agreed that estimating big jackpots isn't an exact science, but he said officials are under increasing pressure to tout big prizes as the percentage of people playing lotteries has declined over the years.

The victor doesn't stand much chance of staying anonymous if he or she is local, Curtis said. She was worth $1.8 billion from the chemical, real estate and manufacturing conglomerate, the magazine reported.

"Hopefully it's a local guy to spend it in the community", Patel said. Chase Hatcher said, trading smiles across the counter with Jee and Twinkle Patel.