SLO lottery ticket gets 5 of 6 numbers in jackpot drawing

Fear not, Floridians: the record-breaking Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday may not have made anyone in Florida a billionaire, but it did make four people millionaires, according to the Florida Lottery.

In the four days leading up to the drawing, about 370 million of the $2 Mega Millions tickets were sold in 44 US states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

The six winning numbers were printed on a ticket sold at the store off Lee Vaughn Road, about a 6.5km drive from city hall.

There were more than 15.7 million winning tickets across the game's nine prize tiers in Tuesday's drawing.

After selling a $1.5 billion winning lottery ticket, SC convenience store owner CJ Patel says he plans to share part of the business' $50,000 bonus with his employees. Those tickets matched four of the first five numbers, and the mega ball. But since the chance of winning the Mega Millions is 1 in 302.5 million, I'm happy settling for the next best thing: watching HGTV's My Lottery Dream Home.

A flimsy little piece of paper that crossed the counter of a convenience store on a country road in Simpsonville, South Carolina, is now worth $1.537 billion, and they apparently don't know the victor. That is easily the highest Mega Millions jackpot ever - topping the previous record of $656 million in 2012 - but is slightly below the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot from early 2016.

But when the jackpot was finalised, it was downgraded to US$1.537 billion.

The state doesn't require lottery winners to identify themselves.

Wednesday's Powerball lottery prize stands at $620 million, making it the fifth-largest jackpot in United States history, after no one got all six numbers in Saturday's drawing.

The ticket is worth about $877.8 million in a lump-sum cash payment, which most winners choose to take, rather than collect the full amount in annual payments over three decades.

It's not just a win for one or more ticket holders, but for SC as well, Cooper said.

Sales reached almost $740 million during that time, lottery officials said.

The winning tickets were purchased at the Whistlestop in Union Hall. The victor has 180 days to collect the jackpot.

When it comes to the KC Mart, that is accurate.

Call it the world's largest lottery prize that wasn't.

"Sell me another lucky one".

Jerry and Jo Mears of Eden, North Carolina, said they like to relax at their place at Smith Mountain Lake and while on a recent trip there, Jerry chose to buy some Mega Millions tickets!

The prize is extraordinary by any measure, but particularly so for SC, where it would be enough for an exceedingly generous victor to shower roughly $307 on each of the state's five million people.

  • Eleanor Harrison