On Tuesday night a player in South Carolina hit all six numbers on the Mega Millions lottery draw, taking home almost $1.6 billion in the process.
The winning player was the only one to hit all of the numbers, which were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 5. The winner has the choice to take an annuity payment of $1.537 billion over 30 years or take a lump sum payment of $877.8 million before taxes, which would be expected to cut the prize to "just" $553 million. The jackpot falls just short of being a record for a U.S. lottery jackpot, and gave the country lottery fever over the last week.
Whoever the big winner is was extremely lucky to hit the prize in South Carolina, as the state is one of eight that allows winners to remain anonymous. Other states require winners to reveal themselves, which can cause headaches as hangers-on begin reaching out to have money thrown their way.
In addition to the big winner, there were 36 million dollar winners, 419 $10,000 winners, and 15,750,013 overall winners that at least got their money back.
Speaking about the big win, Gordon Medenica, Lead Director of the Mega Millions Group and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming said, "The moment we've been waiting for finally arrived, and we couldn't be more excited. 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."