The winning ticket worth more than $1.5 billion in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing was sold in Simpsonville, S.C., a town of about 22,000 people, IndeOnline.com reports. The winner is expected to bring home almost $900 million before taxes in a lump sum payment.
“A Simpsonville KC Mart convenience sold the sole winning ticket for the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the biggest lottery payout in United States history, lottery officials said Wednesday,” the story reports, adding: “The announcement rolled slowly through Simpsonville.”
Mayor Janice Curtis is quoted saying: “Holy cow. I think it’s wonderful news.”
“The winning numbers were 5-28-62-65-70, with a Mega Ball number of 5, and lottery officials estimated that 75 percent of all number combinations had been purchased by the time of Tuesday night’s drawing,” the story notes. “The estimated cash option — should the winner choose to take a one-time lump-sum payment instead of annual payouts over 30 years — is $878 million before taxes, according to Mega Millions officials.”