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26 October, 2018

A lucky ticket holder in SC hit the $1.6bn (about R22.9bn) jackpot in the USA when the numbers for the Mega Millions lottery were announced.

A ticket sold somewhere in Kentucky matched five numbers but not the Powerball in Wednesday night's drawing, according the Powerball website.

It's not just a win for one or more ticket holders, but for SC as well, Cooper said. The jackpot for Powerball had climbed to $620 million by Wednesday afternoon.

Four second-tier winning tickets worth $1 million each were sold in NY; three were sold in Florida; two each were sold in Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia; and one each was sold in Arizona, Washington, D.C. Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

That second figure was the potential jackpot the Powerball stood at early Thursday after there was no victor Wednesday night.

"The moment we've been waiting for finally arrived, and we couldn't be more excited", said Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

There was no victor in the latest Powerball drawing so the jackpot has grown to $750 million.

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The news of the winning ticket has left the entire nation bummed out after learning they were not the winners. The lump sum cash payout is estimated at $US354.3 million. Sales reached almost $740 million during that time, lottery officials said.

Rolfe Hughes, a Simpsonville resident, said he's driven passed the station a "million times", but he'd never bought a lottery ticket.

The victor of the $1.5 billion Mega Million jackpot isn't the only one walking away with some extra pocket change.

The most popular prize in the state from this drawing is $2 - 340,628 tickets matched the Mega Ball for $2 prizes. Janice Curtis, the mayor, said that the victor was a local factory worker who planned to remain anonymous.

The Mega Millions jackpot grew so large because no player had won the top prize since July 24, when 11 co-workers from California won a $543 million prize.

That person beat the odds of 1 in 302,575,350 to win.

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