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Title: $1.6 billion Mega Millions winning ticket sold in South Carolina, report says, but there could be others, too
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$1.6 billion Mega Millions winning ticket sold in South Carolina, report says, but there could be others, too

Christina Tkacik 55 mins ago

Slide 16 of 16: A sign displays the estimated Mega Millions jackpot at a convenience store in Chicago, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Friday's jackpot has soared to $1 billion, the second-largest prize in U. S. lottery history.

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A sign displays the estimated Mega Millions jackpot at a convenience store in Chicago, on Oct. 19.

Nothing could be finer for someone in South Carolina.

According to The State, the South Carolina Education Lottery is reporting that a winning ticket to the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot was sold in the Palmetto State.

As of 3 a.m. Wednesday, the newspaper reported, the Mega Millions website had not confirmed that there was a winner, but it did not dispute the S.C. Lottery’s claim. The Mega Millions site said the next estimated jackpot was “pending,” after announcing the winning numbers 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and a mega number 5.

It’s unclear whether any additional tickets matched all six numbers in other states.

One thing we know is there was no winner in California.

On Tuesday night, there was nervous anticipation in Maryland leading up to the 11 p.m. announcement of the winning numbers.

“Should I get 10 or 30?” Amanda pondered as she stood inside the vestibule of an Exxon station on West Cold Spring Lane. She asked The Baltimore Sun to withhold her surname in case she wins the lottery and suddenly has relatives and old acquaintances coming out of the woodwork asking for money.

“I’ll do 30,” she said, and rattled off the numbers that she hoped would yield a $1.6 billion payoff.

Everyone, of course, has a plan for what he or she will do with the money. Amanda would give much of it to her church, and try to “fix Park Heights,” she said. But she’d put much of it in savings.

“Come back and holler at you when I win, all right?” she told the cashier as she swung open the glass door.

Trishia Damico, 37, a server at Blue Stone restaurant, said she had already bought tickets with her co-workers. Her boss was holding on to the tickets “because he said everybody’s not going to quit at the same time.”

© Spencer Platt/Getty Images A Brooklyn convenience store advertises the Mega Millions lottery on October 19, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

As she bought another ticket Tuesday night, Damico let herself fantasize about what she would do with the cash. Pay off her mom’s house, for one. “I work so hard and struggle to make ends meet that the thought of being able to pay my bills … ”

Alicia Brown had been selling lottery tickets all day long at the Stadium Lounge on Greenmount Avenue.

“I personally never bought one," she said. “I was thinking about buying one earlier, then I thought, my luck’s not that good.”

Just before 11 p.m., a few remaining hopefuls lined up at a kiosk at the 7-11 convenience store on Key Highway to get their last-minute shot at a new life. If he won, Taylor Roethle, 23, planned to invest the money in real estate. “Port Covington’s pretty close,” he said.

Neon Miller, 36, planned buy a rancher on the water to move to with his wife and kids — and to just go fishing for the rest of his life.

Winners in Maryland have 182 days after the drawing date to claim their prize. Winning tickets valued at $25,001 or more must be redeemed at the lottery’s office in Baltimore.

The estimated jackpot is the largest lottery prize ever. The jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million. Lottery officials said the cash payout is $913 million for the winner of Tuesday’s jackpot, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The winner also has the option of claiming their prize “as an annuity paid out over 29 years,” McClatchy reported.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is a dismal 1 in 302.5 million.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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When I drove the big truck down to Florida, one time we went out on the gambling boat. I was so sea sick I didn't hardly spend any money. My co-driver didn't get sea sick until we got back on shore. We slept head to toe in the bunk that night. ;)

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