Winning ticket sold for $1.6B jackpot

12,000 tickets sold per minute as Mega Millions’ jackpot hits $1.6 billion

The winning numbers of Tuesday's drawing are 5, 28, 62, 65 and 70, with a Mega Ball number 5, according to the official Mega Millions website.

It costs $2 (£1.50) to play the game but the odds of winning the grand prize are 302.5 million to one.

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

SC is one of seven states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, including, Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas, reports ABC News. Otherwise, the full $1.537 billion jackpot would be paid in annuities over 29 years. However, almost all winners take the cash option, which for Tuesday's drawing was an estimated $US913 million. Reuters has reported the ticket matched the five numbers and the Mega Ball that were drawn. It's unclear whether there are jackpot winners in other states. The jackpot is estimated to be a staggering $1.6 billion - with a one-time cash option of $913 million.

"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, according to the Mega Millions website.

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The victor can take $878 million in a lump sum cash payment or be paid out in annuities over 30 years.

Don't worry if you weren't the lucky Mega Millions victor. Depending on the state, winners have from 180 days to a year to claim their prize.

Here's how Mega Millions used to work: Players picked five numbers from 1 to 75 and a Mega number from 1 to 15.

The jackpot was so high as no one had won the prize since July 24.

Although Tuesday's jackpot was extraordinarily large, it was no fluke.

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"Document precisely who is part of the lottery pool so that there's no misunderstanding later", he said.

Regardless, it's the largest single winning ticket ever and it dwarfed the previous Mega Millions record, set in March 2012 at $656 million. A total of 280 million tickets were sold for the event.

You are more likely to get hit by lightning or attacked by a shark than win the Mega Millions.

America will be holding its collective breath ahead of Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing, and while the top prize is often seen as a blessing, it can also be a curse.

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