$1 million winning lottery ticket sold in Kettering, Ohio

A lottery player buys Mega Millions lottery ticket

One thing we know is there was no victor in California.

Lottery officials say the victor used auto pick to choose their numbers.

Someone in SC has about a billion reasons to celebrate.

The prize is extraordinary by any measure, but particularly so for SC, where it would be enough for an exceedingly generous victor to shower roughly US$307 on each of the state's five million people.

State lawmakers - who have ballooned the budget by billions in recent years - already have an unexpected surplus of almost $180 million to play with in the coming fiscal year.

The sole ticket to a Mega Millions jackpot of over $1.5 billion, or a cash sum of nearly $878 million, was sold somewhere in SC, lottery officials said early Wednesday. Typically, about 70 per cent of sales occur on the drawing day, so forecasting precise numbers in advance can be hard.

These calculations were done using the estimated amount.

According to Mega Millions, someone in SC won the record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday night, worth an estimated $1.6 billion.

Lottery mania across the country continues tonight with a Powerball drawing worth an estimated $620 million with a cash value of $354.3 million.

Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas also allow winners to stay anonymous, the network reports. Depending on the state, winners have from 180 days to a year to claim their prize.

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Beyond the Orlando area, winning $1 million tickets were sold at the 7-Eleven at 909 South 78th St.in Tampa and United Fuel at 6900 Southwest 8th St.in Miami.

The prize is extraordinary by any measure, but particularly so for SC.

In an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America", South Carolina Education Lottery Director William Hogan Brown says the store could be identified around the noon hour.

State lottery officials plan a news conference at the town's KC Mart on Wednesday to celebrate the lucky sale. Two winning tickets worth $1 million were sold in MI.

The winning numbers were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70, with a Megaball number of 5.

Today's Powerball lottery prize stands at US$620 million, making it the fifth-largest jackpot in USA history, after no one got all six numbers in Saturday's drawing.

If the SC victor is the only Mega Millions victor, then they will first face a federal tax and then a 7 percent state tax, as calculated and presented by USA Mega.

The cash payout for a single victor is $913m after tax, or they can opt to have it paid out in instalments over 29 years. The last time that happened was July 24, when 11 co-workers from California won a $543 million prize.

The estimated jackpot is the largest lottery prize ever. It reflects a trend toward ever-growing lottery prizes due to changes that worsened the odds with hopes of bigger jackpots and better sales.

The odds of matching all six numbers - the five regular numbers and the Mega Ball - are 1 in 302,575,350. The victor also has the option of claiming their prize "as an annuity paid out over 29 years", McClatchy reported. Mega Millions has not confirmed, and its website said the results are pending early Wednesday.

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