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Who Won Mega Millions Tuesday (Last) Night? South Carolina Ticket Matches All Six Numbers for Massive Jackpot

A winning ticket in the Mega Millions lottery on Tuesday was purchased in South Carolina meaning someone is set to collect the near $1.6 billion jackpot.

The winning numbers were 5-28-62-65-70. The Mega Ball number is 5 and the Megaplier is 3x.

Mega Millions said in a release that a "single lucky ticket holder in South Carolina" will claim the $1.537 billion jackpot.

“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 and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming. 

“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.”

There were were 15,750,013 winning tickets when you include the smaller prizes on offer.

According to California Lottery, eight tickets sold in the state matched five of the six numbers. Those tickets were sold in San Luis Obispo, Stockton, Rancho Cucamonga, San Diego, Chatsworth, Arcadia, Norwalk and San Francisco.

Jackpot winners get two options. They can either take the jackpot as an annuity or a onetime payment. 

The annuity is paid out as one immediate payment then once a year for 29 years. The annual payment increases by 5 percent each year to account for inflation. 

For the $1.537 billion jackpot, the onetime cash payment option amounts to about $878 million.

According to The Washington Post, the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot top prize were 1 in 302,575,350

Mega Millions is a multistate lottery and one of the U.S.'s two biggest lottery jackpot games. Jackpots start at $40 million and smaller prizes pay from $1 million to $2 million or more with a Megaplier. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 75.

The previous record Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million on March 30, 2012, was shared by winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

As the jackpot grew larger, lottery players were searching for an advantage. Although the laws of probability mean every number has the exact same chance of being picked, analysts found that some numbers appear more than others in lottery results. 

Analysts at LottoNumbers.com studied more than 2,000 draws between 1996 and 2018 to rank the numbers one through 75 based on how often the number was picked. Seventeen was picked the most at 308 times and was most recently drawn on October 7.

The number 17 was followed by 39, picked 306 times; 31, picked 305 times; and 4, which was picked 303 times. From 1996 until 2018, the number least likely to be picked was 72, which was drawn only 20 times.

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