Yes, Someone Did Win that $1.6 Billion Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot on 10/23
Some lucky person may get a cash payout of $904 million, after their Mega Millions ticket won the largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history on 10/23/18.
According to NPR, the winning ticket for the $1.6 billion Mega Millions draw was sold in South Carolina. A total of 280 million Mega Millions tickets were sold for the event.
The winning Mega Millions numbers? 28-70-5-62-65, with a Mega Ball of 5.
Eight Mega Millions tickets sold in California also brought their buyers some serious cash, though the amount is yet to be determined, according to a tweet from the California Lottery.
The previous record for a Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million, which was shared between three winners in 2012. A $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot was also shared between three ticket buyers at the start of 2016.
Last year, someone won $758.7 million in a Powerball jackpot—a record payout for a single ticket holder.
With many state lotteries still to report on Tuesday’s draw, it remains to be seen whether this Mega Millions payout goes to one individual or more people.
Whoever the winners are, they will face a big tax bill—of that $904 million lump sum, $217 million will be automatically deducted.