Seven $10K Winning Mega Millions Tickets Sold In Minnesota

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Lottery officials say seven tickets from Tuesday's drawing sold in Minnesota were $10,000 winners. In Michigan, two tickets matched five white balls for $1 million prizes.

The grand prize was overestimated, however, and the ticket sold in SC with all six winning Mega Millions numbers wound up with a $1.537 billion jackpot.

The winning ticket numbers were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and the mega number, 5.

'The final total was less than the $1.6 billion estimate, ' confirmed Carol Gentry, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Lottery, which leads a consortium of state lotteries participating in the Mega Millions jackpot. "We're so happy for the victor, and we know the South Carolina Education Lottery can't wait to meet the lucky ticket holder".

Idaho had five winning tickets that were only one number away from sharing in the jackpot prize. That still stands as the all-time highest lottery jackpot ever in the U.S.

The store, at a lonely rural junction 15 miles outside of Greenville in the northwest part of the state, was mobbed by media and looky-loos as lottery representatives strung up a banner reading 'Luck Struck Here!'

David Kramer, an attorney in Omaha, Nebraska, said he buys a lottery ticket when the jackpot soars for "the three days of daydreaming it gives me of what I'd do with the money if I won".

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

Lottery officials said the state will get $80 million in taxes.

SC is one of just a handful of states that allows lottery jackpot winners to remain anonymous.

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.

CJ Patel is the owner of KC Mart No. 7 in Simpsonville. One was sold in Mount Pleasant and the other in Grandville. She bought her million-dollar ticket at the Cumberland Farms store on Main Street in Bridgewater, said Christian Teja, spokesman for the Massachusetts State Lottery. If the prize was estimated as a more common $100 million and the payout was $96 million, would anyone notice?

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