Minnesotans Line Up For Chance At Largest Jackpot In Lottery History

24 October, 2018, 17:51 | Author: Manuel Hopkins
  • 12,000 tickets sold per minute as Mega Millions’ jackpot hits $1.6 billion

The South Carolina Education Lottery website reported that a winning ticket was sold in that state.

The $1.6-billion prize is the biggest ever. The Texas victor and one of the Florida Match 5 winners included the optional Megaplier, so those two tickets are worth $3 million each.

Officials say that if you have Tuesday night's winning ticket, the first thing you should do is sign the ticket and secure it in a safety deposit box.

On Friday night, for the $1 billion jackpot, Mega Millions made an official announcement around 5:15 a.m.

The jackpot's estimated cash value was $913 million, an option favored by most winners. You then have 180 days to claim your prize in Tallahassee at the lottery office.

Eighty percent of lottery winners choose the quick pick for numbers, and 80 percent of people who play go that route so you have as much of a shot at winning by picking your own numbers.

States receive a percentage of lottery ticket sales and the nuse the money to support public schools or meet other needs. The victor also has the option of claiming their prize "as an annuity paid out over 29 years", McClatchy reported. The cash option, which almost all winners take, was estimated to be $913 million.

Of course, whoever wins the prize won't be able to turn in a ticket and be handed $1 billion in cash.

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Lottery fever struck nationwide ahead of Tuesday's drawing, with jackpot chasers waiting in long lines for tickets.

In addition to the jackpot victor, the sales frenzy produced a whopping 36 second prize tickets - each matching the five white balls drawn Tuesday night.

$1.58bn: A Powerball win in 2016.

Mega Millions tickets are $2 and are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mega Millions followed suit in October 2017, resulting in the odds worsening from 1 in 259 million to 1 in 302.5 million.

The competition was created in 2002 and has seen a number of changes to the rules over the years that have reduced the odds of winning, leading to larger jackpots.

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