Early this morning, the South Carolina Education Lottery posted a chart showing that one ticket with winning numbers has been sold in South Carolina. No word yet on anyone claiming the winnings.
The winning numbers are 5, 28, 62, 65, 70; and Mega Ball 5.
The jackpot’s estimated cash value is $913 million, an option favored by most winners. Otherwise, the jackpot is doled out over 29 years. If nobody matches Tuesday’s numbers, officials say the next drawing will be Friday for an estimated $2 billion jackpot.
Mega Millions has more than 302 million possible number combinations. Lottery officials had expected to sell 75 percent of them by Tuesday night’s drawing, where Mega Millions host John Crow announced the winning numbers.
“A million dollars is life changing. But a billion dollars is extraordinary,” Crow told CBS News. “So that excitement, that enthusiasm that is generating right now is what’s great about this jackpot.”
Mega Millions tickets are $2 and are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Officials say the previous record Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million, which was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in the drawing on March 30, 2012.
“Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it’s truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record,” Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said about Tuesday’s drawing. “It’s hard to overstate how exciting this is — but now it’s really getting fun.”
Powerball will hold its drawing Wednesday night for a jackpot estimated at $620 million or a cash value of $354.3 million.