Search for mystery victor of $2.25 billion lottery jackpot

The ticket was sold at the BP gas station at 500 Ann Arbor Street in Manchester.

One winning ticket was sold in SC for Tuesday night's record-shattering Mega Millions jackpot worth at least $1.6 billion, the state's official lottery website reported.

The state doesn't require lottery winners to identify themselves.

Yes, there's a big difference between the estimate and the actual prize, but in part that's because the prize is so huge. Had there not been a victor, a drawing for a record $1.6 billion jackpot would have been held on Friday.

"Hopefully it's a local guy to spend it in the community", Patel said.

'I have no clue.

Some KC Mart customers on Wednesday were hoping some Mega Millions luck would rub off as they played the Powerball.

"Sell me another lucky one". Now I know y'all have it!' Chase Hatcher said, trading smiles across the counter with Jee and Twinkle Patel.

SC is one of eight states - along with Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas - where winners can remain anonymous. Winners have up to 180 days to come forward to claim their money.

The Mega Millions jackpot that had been announced as the biggest ever at $1.6 billion ended up being the second-biggest at $1.537 billion. "Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment!" The jackpot is an estimated $620 million.

It's about as much as 20 percent of the $8 billion that state lawmakers have to spend each year. However, one ticket sold in Florida is valued at $3 million, while three other tickets are valued at $1 million.

The jackpot had been rolling since a $768 million prize went off on July 24, won by a California office syndicate of 11 co-workers.

"Typically, about 70 per cent of sales occur on the drawing day, so forecasting precise numbers in advance can be hard", he said. That's why we always use the term estimate'.

The victor can decide to take a cash payout of $913 million after tax, or opt to have it paid out in instalments over 29 years.

  • Wendy Palmer