Single ticket wins record $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot in South Carolina (2023)

Single ticket wins record $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot in South Carolina (1)

By Peter Martinez

/ CBS News

(Video) One winning Mega Millions ticket sold in South Carolina

One winning ticket was sold for the record Mega Millions jackpot of what turned out to be just under $1.6 billion. The winning ticket was purchased in South Carolina at the KC Mart #7 in Simpsonville, in the northwest part of the state. The lucky winner has not yet been identified.

Thesix winning numbers were drawn Tuesday night.On Wednesday morning, lottery officials said in a statement the jackpot was worth $1.537 billion, nearly $50 million less than the previously estimated jackpot of $1.6 billion.

South Carolina Education Lottery spokesperson Holli Armstrong said it was the state's first Mega Millions jackpot win. Its previous lottery record haul was a $399 million Powerball jackpot.

South Carolina lottery officials also said whoever holds the winning ticket has 180 days to claim the prize and they can stay anonymous if they choose. The retailer where the ticket was sold gets a $50,000 cut once the prize is claimed.

Single ticket wins record $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot in South Carolina (2)

Tickets had to match all five white balls from Tuesday night's drawing as well as the yellow Mega Ball to claim the jackpot.

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In addition to the grand prize winner, the Mega Millions website says 36 tickets matched the five white balls to claim $1 million apiece. They were bought in 17 states and the District of Columbia. A Texas winner and one in Florida included the optional Megaplier, so those two tickets are worth $3 million each.

Tuesday's Millions winning numbers

  • 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5
  • Megaplier 3x

The jackpot's lump-sum cash value was $878 million, an option favored by most winners. Otherwise, the jackpot is doled out over 29 years.

The Mega Millions jackpot had been soaring since July, when a group of office workers in California won $543 million. If no one had matched Tuesday's numbers, officials say the next drawing would have been for an estimated $2 billion jackpot. It will be held Friday night but for an estimated $40 million 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, whenMega 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."

Officials say the previous record Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million, which was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland. The drawing was on March 30, 2012.Mega Millionstickets are $2 and are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The world record jackpot remains a Powerball prize of $1.586 billion, which was matched in January 2016 by three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee. A previous record-holder was another Powerball jackpot, $758.7 million, won by a single ticket holder, from Massachusetts, in August 2017.

Powerball will hold its drawing Wednesday night for a jackpot estimated at $620 million or a cash value of $354.3 million.

It will probably be days or even weeks before a winner steps forward to claim the prize, The Associated Press points out, adding, "Lottery officials and financial managers encourage people to take time to map out a strategy for investing their hundreds of millions of dollars, and winners must deal with security concerns befitting someone who suddenly is immensely wealthy. Depending on the state, winners have from 180 days to a year to claim their prize."

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Winners can stay anonymous in seven states in addition to South Carolina, but in the rest, winners' names are made public.

The size of Tuesday's jackpot is part of a trend toward bigger and bigger ones that took hold when Mega Millions and Powerball changed their rules and made the odds longer seeking better sales, the AP notes.

Odds of winning

Theodds of winning a jackpotremain abysmal at 1 in 302.5 million for Mega Millions and 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball.

Who buys lotto tickets?

About two-thirds of Americans gamble. Last year, they spent $72.97 billion on traditional lottery tickets, according to Gallup.

On average, that's $206.69 per person. "Our obsession with lotteries, with gambling, is that unicorn feeling of, like, 'Maybe it'll be me,"' CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger said.

Shepoints outsome people don't necessarily play to win.

"They just want to take a moment out of their day to consider how to dream big," Schlesinger said.

The average American spends about $223 per year on lottery tickets, according to asurveyfrom LENDedu. Massachusetts residents have the biggest taste for playing the odds, spending almost $763 per year on lottery tickets, the study found. North Dakotans are on the opposite end of the spectrum, spending about $44 per year on the lottery, or the lowest average figure among residents of all 50 states.

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Did anyone ever claim the 1.5 billion dollar lottery? ›

$1.59 billion (Powerball)

The Robinsons' winning ticket was one of four they bought at a grocery store, they told NBC's TODAY show. They opted to take the lump sum.

How much did 1.5 billion lottery winner take home? ›

If you take the lump sum option, there will be a federal tax of 24% on your winnings — about $143.2 million. You'd also owe more at tax time, another 13% or about $77.5 million, according to the USA Mega website, which would bring your total winnings to $375,958,045.

What is the most common winning numbers for Mega Millions? ›

For the main balls, these five have been drawn the most: 15, 46, 20, 13, and 59 (two were in Tuesday's drawing). Among the gold Mega Balls, these numbers have been the most common: 18, 22, 6, 7, and 13.

What lottery ticket wins the most? ›

The Powerball jackpot in November 2022 of $2.04 billion made it the largest lottery jackpot total in US history. A single-ticket holder in California won the biggest in American history after the jackpot rose to a whopping $2.04 billion.

How much did the 1.28 billion lottery winner take home? ›

Whether the windfall is taken as an annuity of 30 payments over 29 years or as an immediate, reduced cash lump sum, taxes end up taking a big bite out of any winnings. For this $1.28 billion jackpot, the cash option — which most winners choose — is $747.2 million.

Can the IRS take your lottery winnings? ›

All winnings over $5,000 are subject to tax withholding by lottery agencies at the rate of 24%. This potentially leaves a gap between the mandatory amount of withholding and the total tax you'll ultimately owe, depending on your tax bracket.

What is the first thing you should do if you win the lottery? ›

But before that happens, you need to make sure you secure your winnings.
  1. Be quiet about winning. ...
  2. Make copies of the ticket, secure it. ...
  3. Try to stay anonymous. ...
  4. Decide if you want to set up a trust. ...
  5. Sign your ticket. ...
  6. Annuity or lump sum. ...
  7. Be prepared for taxes. ...
  8. Plan for the future.
Nov 8, 2022

Why do lottery winners take the cash option? ›

Choosing a lump-sum payout can help winners avoid long-term tax implications and also provides the opportunity to immediately invest in high-yield financial options like real estate and stocks. Electing a long-term annuity payout can have major tax benefits. Federal taxes reduce lottery winnings immediately.

What percent of lottery winners go broke after 5 years? ›

Whether they win $500 million or $1 million, about 70 percent of lotto winners lose or spend all that money in five years or less.

What are the 6 most common winning lottery numbers? ›

Most common Powerball numbers
  • 4: Drawn 36 times.
  • 13: Drawn 34 times.
  • 21: Drawn 34 times.
  • 10: Drawn 33 times.
  • 6: Drawn 33 times.
  • 26: Drawn 33 times.
  • 19: Drawn 32 times.
  • 3: Drawn 32 times.
Nov 5, 2022

What are the 3 luckiest numbers? ›

The top 10 are: 11, 7, 17, 27,19, 23, 12,13, 9 and 18. So how do you pick lucky numbers? For those who use birthdays, five of the most commonly drawn numbers are more than 31, meaning they are not likely to have picked them. Another approach that is commonly used is to look for numbers that have not come up in a while.

How do you increase your chances of winning Mega Millions? ›

Picking your own numbers doesn't change the odds of winning. But, picking random numbers does increase the odds that if you win, no one else wins.

Who won the lottery 7 times? ›

Richard Lustig was an American man who came to prominence for winning relatively large prizes in seven state-sponsored lottery games from 1993 to 2010.

Are most lottery jackpot winners quick picks? ›

When it comes to quick pick tickets, or the machine picking your numbers, the Multi-State Lottery Association said: “With the data available, roughly 80% of Powerball jackpot-winning tickets are quick picks. The reason the percentage is so high is because the majority of purchases are quick picks.

What state has most Mega Million winners? ›

Not surprisingly, larger states such as California and New York have had the most Match 5 winners simply because they sell the most Mega Millions tickets, but million-dollar prizes have also been won in many jurisdictions with the smallest American lotteries, such as Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Nebraska, New ...

How much do lottery winners actually keep? ›

That's because when anyone wins the lottery, the IRS withholds 24% of the winnings off the top.

Did the billion dollar winner come forward? ›

Somebody won the $1.34 billion jackpot. The Illinois Lottery said it was unable to share any information about the winners except to say that they must be absolutely "over the moon" with their Mega Millions win.

How much did the Mega Million winner get after taxes? ›

The winner would then face a mandatory 24% federal tax withholding to the IRS, reducing the prize money to $432.2 million, plus a federal marginal rate as high as 37%, which would cut it to as low as $358.3 million, if the winner has no additional income, dependents or tax deductions including charitable contributions.

How much money can you win before you have to report it to the IRS? ›

Generally, if you receive $600 or more in gambling winnings, the payer is required to issue you a Form W-2G. If you have won more than $5,000, the payer may be required to withhold 28% of the proceeds for Federal income tax.

How do I avoid taxes if I win the lottery? ›

5 ways to avoid taxes on lottery winnings
  1. Consider lump-sum vs. annuity payments. ...
  2. Charitable donations. Donating some of the lottery money to charity will reduce your tax bill when you're a big winner. ...
  3. Gambling losses. ...
  4. Other deductions. ...
  5. Hire a tax professional.
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Can a casino keep your winnings if you owe taxes? ›

The casino will keep the portion that you owe to the IRS and sent it to them with a form that you receive a copy of.

What kind of bank do lottery winners use? ›

Private banks are a combination of banking, investments, and other financial services specifically geared for individuals with a high net worth.

Where do you put your money when you win the lottery? ›

9 Smart Ways To Spend Your Powerball Lottery Winnings
  1. Wait to Share the Good News. ...
  2. Take Time to Reflect. ...
  3. Hire Legal & Financial Consultants. ...
  4. Pay off your Debt. ...
  5. Start an Emergency Fund. ...
  6. Set Aside Money for Retirement. ...
  7. Choose Low-risk Investments. ...
  8. Make a Social Impact.

Should I keep winning the lottery a secret? ›

Be quiet about winning

Financial and investment advisors say that if you win, you should not announce your winnings to anyone. First, make a plan before telling friends and family.

Is it better to take cash or annuity lottery? ›

With an annuity you can spread your taxes out over a longer period of time rather than taking a big hit by accepting the lump-sum payment. As GOBankingRates reported, a winner who takes the cash option on the current mega Millions jackpot could end up with less than $707.9 million after the IRS gets its cut.

What states keep lottery winners secret? ›

Here's where you can remain anonymous:
  • Delaware.
  • Kansas: Winners in Kansas can request to remain anonymous.
  • Maryland: In most cases, winners can remain anonymous.
  • Mississippi: The state lottery won't identify a winner unless they have given written consent.
  • Montana: Your name is not released, but where you live may be.
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Is it better to take the annuity or lump-sum? ›

The longer you live beyond your actuarial life expectancy, the better the annuity option generally becomes because of the guaranteed lifetime payment. If you are in poor health, you may find the lump sum more attractive.

Do poor people buy the most lottery tickets? ›

Lotteries are regressive, meaning lower-income groups spend more of their budgets on lottery games than higher-income groups. Far more money is wagered every year on instant scratch-off games, which studies show attract more low-income gamblers, than huge jackpot drawings such as Powerball.

How often do people go broke after winning the lottery? ›

And other studies have found that winning the lottery generally didn't help financially distressed people escape their troubles and instead only postponed the inevitable bankruptcy. One found that one-third of lottery winners eventually go bankrupt.

Should you move after winning the lottery? ›

Don't Make Major Changes in Your Life. If someone were to ask you what you would do once you become a Powerball winner, you might say, "quit my job" or "buy a mansion." However, experts suggest that you don't make any big moves immediately.

What state has the most lottery winners? ›

More jackpot-winning Mega Millions tickets have been sold in New York than in any other state, with 39 since 2002. Two of those — a $106 million jackpot in 2015 and a $14 million jackpot in 2012 — were won by residents of New York and New Jersey.

What is the most popular luckiest number? ›

Seven was the most popular choice for both men and women. The survey revealed some other findings, too.

What are the most common numbers to come out in the lottery? ›

Number 40, drawn 350 times. Number 27, drawn 347 times. Number 23, drawn 346 times. Number 39, drawn 345 times.

How much would it cost to buy every Mega Millions combination? ›

There are 12,103,014 possible combinations of the first five numbers ranging from 1 to 70. Multiply that by the 25 options for the final ball and you get 302,575,350 possible Mega Millions tickets. At $2 for each ticket, then, it would be possible to buy every possible ticket for $605,150,700.

What are the luckiest lottery numbers for 2022? ›

Here are the white Mega Millions numbers that were drawn the most in 2022:
  • Drawn 16 times: 38.
  • Drawn 12 times: 7,15,64.
  • Drawn 11 times: 3, 6, 11, 16, 21.
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What is the first luckiest number? ›

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  1. 1 | 7. Seven's a ubiquitous lucky number in the western world, so it was a near shoo-in for the number one spot on the list.
  2. 2 | 3. Three is a fairly logical choice for a lucky number. ...
  3. 3 | 8. ...
  4. 4 | 4. ...
  5. 5 | 5. ...
  6. 6 | 13. ...
  7. 7 | 9. ...
  8. 8 | 6. ...
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What is the secret to winning the Mega Millions lottery? ›

Combine high and low numbers.

Split the total playing range in half. Since you can only play numbers 1 through 75, this means your low half will be 1 through 38 and your high half will 39 through 75. Try to choose a relatively equal amount numbers from both halves when picking numbers for the five main balls.

Is it better to pick your own Mega Millions numbers? ›

So, is it better to play Quick Pick or to select your own numbers? Chances of winning the lotto between playing quick picks or selecting your own numbers are both equal.

How long does it take to get Mega Millions jackpot winnings? ›

How long does it take to get your hands on the prize after winning the jackpot? Denton: About three weeks. Once the claim is made, all of the U.S. lotteries involved with the Mega Millions game put in their share of the jackpot amount. Winners typically get the prize wired to their financial account within three weeks.

Who won the lottery 6 times? ›

A Massachusetts man is now a six-time jackpot winner and it all happened at the same time. Raymond Roberts, of Fall River, Massachusetts, bought six tickets using the same numbers for a drawing of the “Lucky For Life” game earlier this month.

Has anyone won a lottery twice? ›

For most people, winning the lottery is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But one Delaware man was lucky enough to win the lottery twice – in just two months.

Which lottery ticket has the best odds of winning? ›

Powerball has an 1 in 292,201,338 odds for its jackpot and 1 in 11,688,054 odds for its $1 million prize. Meanwhile, Mega Millions has 1 in 302,575,350 odds for its jackpot and 1 in 12,607,306 odds for its $1 million prize. However, depending on the date, the jackpots can differ considerably.

Has a quick pick ever won the Powerball? ›

So, when it comes to luck, there is no guarantee that you will win with quick picks. It is possible, however, for quick picks to hit the jackpot. On April 5, 2019, for instance, a $768 million Powerball jackpot was won by a player from Wisconsin who purchased a quick pick ticket.

What states can Mega Millions winners remain anonymous? ›

Here's where you can remain anonymous:
  • Delaware.
  • Kansas: Winners in Kansas can request to remain anonymous.
  • Maryland: In most cases, winners can remain anonymous.
  • Mississippi: The state lottery won't identify a winner unless they have given written consent.
  • Montana: Your name is not released, but where you live may be.
Jan 7, 2023

How often do people win Lucky for Life? ›

The overall odds of winning are 1:7.8.

Who won the Mega Millions last? ›

January 28, 2022 - $426 million ($292.9 million cash) won by Kristine Wellenstein with a ticket purchased in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Has the 1.3 billion lottery been claimed? ›

After nearly 8 weeks of waiting, the winner of the third largest jackpot in lottery history has claimed their prize.

Did anybody win the billion dollar lottery? ›

The largest lottery jackpot to date, a Powerball drawing, was won on Nov. 7, 2022. The ticket was sold at Joe's Service Center in Altadena, Calif., just north of Pasadena. Lottery officials said the ticket holder was the first lottery billionaire in the state.

Did anyone claim 1.3 billion jackpot? ›

2 Claim $1.3 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot Sold in Des Plaines; 3rd-Largest US Lottery Jackpot | Chicago News | WTTW.

How many people won the 1.5 billion Powerball? ›

Powerball jackpot climbs to $1.5 billion but two Californians walk away millionaires.

Did anyone come forward to claim the billion dollar lottery? ›

Somebody won the $1.34 billion jackpot. The Illinois Lottery said it was unable to share any information about the winners except to say that they must be absolutely "over the moon" with their Mega Millions win.

Has anyone claimed the $2 billion dollar lottery? ›

California has a new billionaire thanks to a $2.04 billion Powerball ticket sold at a convenience store in Altadena.

Who is the guy that won the lottery 7 times? ›

Richard Lustig was an American man who came to prominence for winning relatively large prizes in seven state-sponsored lottery games from 1993 to 2010. His prizes totaled over $1 million. He wrote Learn How To Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery.

Did anyone win the 1.6 billion Powerball? ›

CLEVELAND — Although nobody hit the gigantic $1.6 billion jackpot in the latest Powerball drawing that was held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, the Ohio Lottery says there are still thousands of people taking home smaller amounts of prize money.

Has anyone came forward to claim the Mega Millions? ›

A customer walks in to the Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Ill., where the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was sold on July 30, 2022.

Has anyone won the big lottery twice? ›

Double lottery wins like the one in Delaware are rare, but not unheard of. In 2021, the Florida Lottery reported that Susan Fitton, 64, had won $4 million from two Mega Millions tickets in the same drawing.

Did the Mega Millions winner come forward yet? ›

CHICAGO, September 21, 2022 – The wait is finally over – the unknown Illinois Lottery winner of the $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot has now come forward, almost eights weeks after the historic drawing. The Illinois Lottery can confirm that the prize has now been claimed.

Do most Powerball winners pick their own numbers? ›

So, is it better to play Quick Pick or to select your own numbers? Chances of winning the lotto between playing quick picks or selecting your own numbers are both equal. “Around 70 to 80 percent of Powerball players use Quick Pick tickets, and the same percentage of winning entries are Quick Picks,” one report said.

How many people have won the Mega Millions? ›

There was no jackpot winner in California for this draw. But there are 66,351 winning tickets! Get your ticket for the next draw.
Detailed Draw Results for California.
Matching NumbersWinning TicketsPrize Amounts
Total Winning Tickets66,351
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Is there a Powerball winner giving away money? ›

In the past, Facebook users have reported notices that indicate Powerball is giving away prize money on Facebook. These notices are false and fraudulent.


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