Mega Millions:The clock is ticking on someone to claim the $1.5 billion-plus Mega Millions lottery prize from a ticket sold in South Carolina.The winning ticket with all six numbers drawn Oct. 23 was purchased by someone at a gas station outside Simpsonville.The State reports the person or group has 180 days to claim the winnings. But as of this week, no one has come forward.
If the money isn’t claimed by late April, the money will return to the 44 states that hold Mega Millions lotteries. South Carolina’s total from that pot would add up to $11.2 million, which would go into the state’s education fund.Tax experts say the delay may just be the winner wanting to get his or her financial situation in order.
A ticket with five numbers, but missing the Mega number, in Wednesday evening’s SuperLotto Plus drawing was sold at a Corona supermarket and is worth $13,435.There were two other tickets sold with five numbers, but missing the Mega number, were sold, one each in Pismo Beach and Brentwood in Northern California. They are also each worth $13,435, the California Lottery announced.
There were no tickets sold with all six numbers and the estimated jackpot for Saturday’s drawing will grow to $35 million.The numbers drawn Wednesday night were 1, 11, 31, 36, 47 and the Mega number was 11. The jackpot was $34 million.The drawing was the 28th since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold.
A dramatic year in American lotteries is ending with a bang — and one big, ongoing mystery.A $348 million Mega Millions draw is slated for Friday, marking what could be the eighth biggest U.S. lottery prize of 2018.
That will come on the heels of a $298.3 million Powerball prize won by a single ticket buyer in New York City on Wednesday night. The lucky player, who purchased the ticket at a service station in Brooklyn, was not immediately identified by Thursday morning, officials said.