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Only 1 Winning Ticket From South Carolina Snagged The $1.537 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot

by Caralynn Lippo

Someone who bought a Mega Millions ticket in South Carolina is about to be a very happy person.

CNBC reports that lottery officials identified a ticket sold in South Carolina as the only one to match all six winning numbers in Tuesday evening’s drawing. The jackpot amount ended up being $1.537 billion after three straight months of no Mega Millions jackpot winners. The holder of the winning ticket, who will take the whole prize (minus taxes), beat the 1 in 302.6 million odds of getting all six winning numbers.

While people are excitedly awaiting information about this lucky person (or group of people who pooled to buy the ticket), it’s unlikely we’ll ever find out who the winner is. South Carolina is one of the few states in the US that let lottery winners receive their winnings and remain anonymous. Experts are advising the windfall recipient to keep the big news under wraps.

“Obviously it may be impossible to keep this from immediate family, but news like this travels quickly,” Jason Kurland, a partner at the Uniondale, New York, law firm Rivkin Radler, told CNBC. “Try to keep the circle of people who know as small as possible.”

This jackpot is reportedly the largest amount in Mega Millions history and the second largest of any lottery jackpot ever. The largest jackpot was the $1.586 billion Powerball prize won on January 13, 2016. But that prize was split among three winning tickets from California, Florida, and Tennessee; the current Mega Millions jackpot will make history as the largest to go to a single winning ticket ever.

According to Yahoo, the winner can choose to receive $878 million in a lump-sum cash payment or be paid out annually over 30 years.

Congrats to whoever had those six lucky numbers — spend it wisely!

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