Just one winning ticket was sold for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions lottery jackpot, worth a record $1.6 billion, according to the official Mega Millions website.
ABC News reports that “The sole ticket to a historic Mega Millions jackpot — $1.6 billion or a cash sum of almost $914 million — was sold in somewhere in South Carolina, the state’s Education Lottery announced early Wednesday.”
The numbers were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 with a Mega Ball of 5.
The ABC News story, reported by Meghan Keneally, Matthew Fuhrman and Karma Allen, also says, “Lottery officials are scheduled to release more information later today.”
The odds of buying a winning ticket were one in 302,575,350.
According to the Mega Millions official website, 36 tickets were sold that matched five of the numbers drawn, but not the Mega Ball. Most of those tickets are worth $1 million each, though two were megaplier winners of $3 million each.
An additional 419 tickets matched 4 of the numbers plus the Mega Ball. Most of those winners won $10,000.
We say “most” because in California “Mega Millions prize amounts are pari-mutuel and thus will vary depending on ticket sales and number of winners and will differ from the fixed prizes shown on the Mega Millions website.”
Therefore the eight tickets in California that matched five of the numbers drawn but not the Mega Ball – according to the website of the California Lottery – are worth $562,472 each. And the 70 tickets in California that matched 4 numbers and the Mega Ball were worth $8,906 each.