$10,000 winning Mega Millions ticket sold at gas station in Washtenaw County

South Carolina adds 2nd billionaire with huge jackpot ticket

Lottery officials in the southern state say a ticket that matched all six numbers of Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing was sold at the KC Mart shop in Simpsonville.

The winning ticket numbers were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and the mega number, 5. The Whistle Stop will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

While at the Whistle Stop in Union Hall in Franklin County, he bought $30 worth of tickets, according to Virginia's lottery website. But for a Mega Millions ticket holder, it's also a lucky store for them. Unless the victor chooses to come forward, the world may never know who won.

A lucky lotto victor is about to be $2.25 billion richer after matching all six numbers in Tuesday night's draw - they just don't know it yet. Other winning tickets were sold in Harahan, St. Francisville, Kenner, Bell Chase, Metairie, and Albany.

The victor would only become an actual billionaire by taking the prize in annual installments over three decades and hanging on to the bulk of the money.

Even if a lottery victor goes for annual payments and invests most of their take each year, the grand total would be less over the course of 30 years compared to the lump sum. A single lucky ticket holder in SC can claim the jackpot. And the public may never find out.

The store, at a lonely rural junction 15 miles outside of Greenville in the northwest part of the state, was mobbed by media and looky-loos as lottery representatives strung up a banner reading 'Luck Struck Here!' The world's largest lottery jackpot remains the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot won in January 2016.

Before the drawing, lottery officials had been reporting an expected record-breaking $1.6 billion jackpot, based on estimates tied to historical patterns, lottery spokeswoman Carole Bober Gentry said on Wednesday. "Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment!" the South Carolina Education Lottery tweeted.

The prize is extraordinary by any measure, but particularly so for SC. In fact, it is 20 percent of South Carolina's yearly budget.

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"It's a big, big win for South Carolina", Cooper said.

Sales reached almost $740 million during that time, lottery officials said.

A person in SC is now a billionaire!

"Does it make a difference to somebody this morning that when they thought they were going to win $1.6 billion and they only won $1.537 billion?" he asked.

The Associated Press reported this story.

"There are few precedents for a jackpot this size".

SC is one of eight states - along with Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas - where winners can remain anonymous. The victor has 180 days to collect the jackpot.

"Our board has a policy to protect the victor because of all the risk associated with having that much money", South Carolina Education Lottery Director William Hogan Brown told ABC's "Good Morning America".

When it comes to the KC Mart, that is accurate.

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