A single winning ticket was sold in South Carolina for Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot worth nearly $1.54 billion.
Early Wednesday, the South Carolina Education Lottery posted a notification in its web site announcing that a winning ticket had been sold.
A short time later, the Mega Millions web site lowered the value of Friday’s jackpot to $40 million and revealed that only 1 winning ticket for Tuesday’s record drawing had been sold.
“The moment we’ve been waiting for finally arrived, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Gordon Medenica, Lead Director of the Mega Millions Group. “This is truly a historic occasion. We’re so happy for the winner, and we know the South Carolina Education Lottery can’t wait to meet the lucky ticket holder.”
It was not immediately clear where in South Carolina the winning ticket was purchased.
The winning numbers for Tuesday’s drawing were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5.
Tuesday’s jackpot was initially estimated at $1.6 billion. However, on Wednesday, Mega Millions announced that the prize was worth nearly $1.54 billion – just short of the $1.586 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016.
The Mega Millions jackpot had been accumulating since July, when 11 workers in California shared a $543 million prize. There were 25 consecutive drawings without a jackpot winner.
The winner of Tuesday’s drawing has 180 days to claim the jackpot, which has a cash value of $878 million. South Carolina allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.
News 2 has reached out to a spokesperson at the South Carolina Education Lottery for comment. We will continue to follow this story as it develops.