Historic Mega Millions $1.53B ($878M Payout) Jackpot Won on October 23, 2018!

It looks like the stars have aligned for a lucky South Carolina individual this 23rd of October 2018.

Beating truly astronomical odds – about 1 in 302 million – one winning ticket matched all 6 numbers for Tuesday’s record-breaking Mega Millions draw. The winning ticket was apparently sold in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

The identity of the jackpot winner has yet been announced, and because South Carolina allows lottery winners to stay anonymous, we might never find out who they are. The sole winner can take home a whopping $878 million in cash, or opt to receive the full jackpot amount in 29 yearly payouts.

This particular Mega Millions jackpot has been rolling since it was last won on July 24 of this year. At $1.537 billion, this jackpot is the second largest one in the history of all lotteries, and we at Lottery Critic couldn’t be more thrilled. The current world record is the $1.586 billion Powerball drawing back in January 13, 2016.

The $1.53 Billion Draw

Currently the biggest jackpot Mega Millions has ever reached, the $1.53 billion prize goes to one lucky ticket-holder who matched all six numbers in the October 23, 2018 draw. The winning numbers were: 5 28 62 65 70 + 5

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Where Luck Struck

The exact location where the winning ticket was sold has been identified as KC Mart #7 in Simpsonville, South Carolina. What was once a rather nondescript gas station has now become a local hot spot, attracting crowds wanting to take pictures of the now historic location and try their luck for the next draw.

The gas station’s owner, CJ Patel, will also receive a $50,000 cut once the winner has claimed their prize.

More About Mega Millions

The US Mega Millions is one of the biggest, most popular lotteries around. Having been open since 1996, the lottery consistently produces some of the biggest lottery jackpots ever. Take a look below:

$656 MMarch 30, 2012
$648 MDecember 17, 2013
$543 MJuly 24, 2018
$533 MMarch 30, 2018
$451 MJanuary 5, 2018
$414 MMarch 18, 2014
$393 MAugust 11, 2017
$390 MMarch 6, 2007

Want to know more about other jackpot winners – like the winners of that $656M jackpot, for example? Check out our article on the biggest lottery winners and where they are now, for more information.