Someone in South Carolina is a winner winner to the tune of 1.5 billion chicken dinners. Lottery officials announced early this morning that a single ticket purchased in South Carolina won the jackpot, the second-largest grand prize in lottery history.
No details on the winner were made immediately known. South Carolina is one of the few states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous. Naturally, it would be to the winner’s benefit to lay low. Lottery winners are hounded.
The winning numbers were 5-28-62-65-70 with a Mega Ball number of 5. Officials estimated 75 percent of all number combinations had been purchased by the time of the drawing. (h/t Washington Post)
So how much of that $1.5 billion will the winner take home? If they opt for the lump sum instead of the annual payout over 30 years, the total will be $878 million. Not to state the obvious here, but that is a freaking bezerk amount of money.
Security procedures means we still don’t even know where the ticket was sold (fun fact: the store that sells the ticket receives $50,000—makes sense why they wouldn’t release the name, right?). As for that $1.6 billion number everyone was hearing all week? Officials downgraded the total to $1.537 billion when the jackpot was finalized, making the January 2016 jackpot of $1.586 billion still the highest of all time.