Mega Millions jackpot winning ticket sold in South Carolina

By on October 24, 2018

The Mega Millions jackpot was finally won on Tuesday night, and a single ticket holder in South Carolina can claim a record-breaking lottery jackpot – $1.537 billion, or an $878 million lump-sum payout.

In addition to the jackpot winner, the sales frenzy produced 36 second prize tickets worth $1 million – each matching the five white balls drawn Tuesday night. Two of those were sold in North Carolina, one in Cary and the other in Monroe.

“We can’t wait to meet the two lucky players who won $1 million,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “This record Mega Millions jackpot created a lot of fun and along the way that fun produced a big win for education in our state.”

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Estimates are that Mega Millions ticket sales in North Carolina during the 26 drawings raised $24.5 million for education in 2018. Lottery officials said the boost will help meet its goal of raising more than $667 million this year.

Tuesday night’s winners have 180 days to claim their prize. In all, 407,312 tickets won prizes in North Carolina, ranging from $2 to $1 million and totaling $4.1 million. The winning numbers in the drawing were 5-28-62-65-70 and 5 for the Mega Ball.

Two tickets matched four white balls and the Mega Ball, winning a base prize of $10,000. Because the buyers of those tickets added the $1 Megaplier feature, the prize for each of those tickets tripled to $30,000 when a 3X multiplier was picked in the drawing. Those tickets were sold in Kernersville and Huntersville.

Nine other $2 tickets matched four white balls and the Mega Ball, winning $10,000. Those lucky tickets were sold in Raeford, Benson, Hubert, Mocksville, Kernersville, Siler City, Hickory, Winston-Salema and Huntersville.

Eight $1 million were sold in California, four each in Florida and New York, two each in Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia, and one each in Arizona, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

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