The store where the ticket was sold will receive $50,000 when the winning ticket is presented.
Retailers that sell winning tickets receive one percent of the value of a winning ticket with a $50,000 cap.
“We knew within a half-hour of the draw that was a winner in South Carolina,” lottery Chief Operating Officer Tony Cooper said.
“We knew approximately three-and-a-half hours after the draw that we were the only winner of the jackpot.” Cooper did not say whether the ticket was purchased with pre-selected numbers or with “quick picks,” in which the computer selects random numbers.
That information, he said, isn’t released until after the winning ticket is submitted and validated. It was not immediately apparent where the winning ticket was sold.
He also declined to say when the ticket was purchased. The jackpot was rolling since July 24, when a California pool of 11 co-workers shared a $543 million prize.
“If the winner is out there today listening to us, we would like to say to you, take a deep breath, put that ticket in a secure location, consult with a trusted adviser -- a legal adviser, a trusted financial advisor, sign the back of the instrument,” Cooper said. $451 million on January 5 (Florida), $533 million on March 30 (New Jersey), and $142 million on May 4 (Ohio) have also been won this year.
“I hope and pray that the lottery winner has a support system that allows them to seek advice, counsel and security,” he posted on his Twitter account.
If not, he said the winner could contact his office and they will confidentially provide what is needed to reach “the appropriate and needed professionals.” “The moment we’ve been waiting for finally arrived, and we couldn’t be more excited,” Gordon Medenica, Lead Director of the Mega Millions Group and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said. We’re so happy for the winner, and we know the South Carolina Education Lottery can’t wait to meet the lucky ticket holder." The winning numbers were 5, 28, 62, 65,70 and Mega Ball 5.
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