Someone in SC is waking up this morning a new billionaire.
"We are so excited to have the million-dollar victor from our store", said owner Stew Leonard Jr".
Mega Millions confirmed the location Wednesday morning, concurring what the SC state lottery website had posted hours before. "Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment!"
People entering the KC Mart in Simpsonville, S.C., on October 24, 2018, after it was announced the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was purchased at the store.
Ruckel said the crush of publicity that falls on a lottery victor is something that most people do not usually experience, even those with a high net-worth. SC was the first to announce the news. 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.
The ticket is worth about US$877.8-million in a lump-sum cash payment, which most winners choose to take, rather than collect the full amount in annual payments over three decades. Last year, they spent $72.97 billion on traditional lottery tickets, according to Gallup. Winners have up to 180 days to come forward to claim their money.
Another winning ticket worth $1 million was sold at a Publix at 601 Weldon Blvd.in Lake Mary.
According to the California Lottery, the ticket was sold at the Safeway store on Taraval in the city's West Portal neighborhood. That should give them time to get security in place, since attention should be red-hot.
Experts caution that the victor or winners will face many headaches that come along with their newfound riches. SC law allows winners to remain anonymous.
A single winning ticket was sold in SC for the historic $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot, but three lucky players in our area won jackpots worth $1 million.
The updated jackpot for Friday's drawing - which could have reached $2 billion had there been no victor - was announced at $40 million. The winning ticket was sold at the KC Mart convenience store in Simpsonville, South Carolina. The total is just shy of the all-time world record.
Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carol Gentry explained the difference in a phone interview with The Associated Press.
"Estimates are based on historical patterns", Carole Gentry told the AP in a phone interview Wednesday.
At least one person from the Hudson Valley is feeling lucky this morning after the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot drawing.
That puts the jackpots for the nation's two largest lotteries at more than $2.2 billion.
The winning numbers were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5.
One Mega Millions ticket matching all six numbers was sold in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
The Mega Millions jackpot grew so large because no player had won the top prize since July 24, when 11 co-workers from California won a $543 million prize.
In New York State, three other second-prize tickets were sold - one on Long Island and two in Brooklyn.
The highest sales for any one drawing in Kansas were $9.7 million in the January 13, 2016 drawing in which there was a $1.58 Billion jackpot.
Lottery fever struck nationwide ahead of Tuesday's drawing, with jackpot chasers waiting in long lines for tickets.
Tickets had to match all five white balls from Tuesday night as well as the yellow Mega Ball to claim the jackpot.