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1 winning ticket sold in $1.6B Mega Millions drawing; Pa. gets $1M winner

November 12, 2018 GMT

Someone woke up as a billionaire Wednesday.

The only winning Mega Millions Jackpot ticket was sold in South Carolina, according to a statement from the Mega Millions lottery.

The $1.537 billion jackpot -- with a $878 million cash value -- was just shy of the largest in U.S. history. A jackpot won in January 2016 holds the record at $1.586 billion.

Suspense lingered Wednesday morning as states reported local results. Mega Millions has since confirmed that the ticket sold in South Carolina, as indicated by a chart posted to the South Carolina Education Lottery website, is the only jackpot winner nationwide.


The jackpot winner must match all five balls, plus the Megaball.

The winning numbers for the Oct. 23 drawing were: 5-28-62-65-70 on the white balls, with a gold Megaball, 5.

Smaller prizes will be handed out in several states, including Pennsylvania, where one lucky ticket holder won one of 36 $1 million second prizes for matching the five white balls.

The ticket was sold at a Delaware County Wawa at 2050 Sproul Road in Broomall. The store will earn $5,000 for selling the winning ticket, according to Pennsylvania Lottery.

You may not be a billionaire, or even a millionaire, but check your ticket anyway: More than 689,000 Pennsylvania Lottery Mega Millions tickets won prizes in the Tuesday drawing, according to the Pennsylvania Lottery.

There was a total 15,750,013 winning tickets across the 44 states, plus Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Mega Millions is played, according to Mega Millions.

The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for Oct. 26. The jackpot is currently $40 million.