DES MOINES, Iowa — There’s a winner! Lottery officials say someone has won the Mega Millions jackpot, worth more than $1.5 billion.
Mega Millions officials say a ticket purchased in South Carolina matches all six numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing.
The jackpot was estimated at $1.6 billion, but Mega Millions says that jackpot won in South Carolina totaled $1.537 billion, just short of record for all lotteries.
The winning numbers were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5. No details on where the winning ticket was sold were immediately available.
Thirty-six second-prize winning tickets worth $1 million were sold, with four in New York and and two in New Jersey.
The jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million.
The lucky player overcame miserable odds. The chance of matching all six numbers and winning the top prize is 1 in 302.5 million.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
This story has been updated with the Mega Millions jackpot total.