1 ticket wins $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot; Texas ticket wins $3 million

By CNN, Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Producer

Someone became an overnight billionaire thanks to Lady Luck.

According to the Mega Millions website, a single ticket sold in South Carolina won the "world record" jackpot.

In addition to the winning jackpot ticket, there were 15,750,013 other winning tickets for smaller prizes ranging from $3,000,000 to $2.

Though it may not be a billion, a $3 million ticket was sold in San Antonio, so at least one Texan is waking up a millionaire.


Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing was for a jackpot estimated at $1.6 billion, which was the nation's largest ever.

That's the value if the winner or winners select annuity payments. The one-time cash option is estimated at $913.7 million -- still nothing to sneeze at.

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

However, despite the terrible odds - one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home - it didn't stop people across the Houston-area and the nation from heading out the buy tickets ahead of Tuesday night's drawing.

KPRC2 stopped in at several different gas stations across the city and everywhere there were people scooping up their tickets in hopes of beating the odds.

Gary Smith says whether it’s getting hit by lightning or winning the lottery, “you’re going to feel it."

Luis Gomez stopped by a Houston-area gas station early in the morning to pick up another ticket. 

According to Gomez, he's gone to Sugar Land, Katy and other areas around the city in hopes that hitting multiple locations will help his luck.

Ronald Crowder, another lottery hopeful, is confident luck is on his side. 

“That’s it, that’s the winner right there,” Crowder said. “Just a mega and a million…Feeling lucky. Today is going to be my lucky day. If you don’t play you can’t win.”

According to the Mega Millions website, this is the largest jackpot in history, surpassing the former U.S. lottery jackpot record, which was $1.586 billion, split by three winning Powerball tickets in January 2016.

And speaking of Powerball: That game's next drawing is Wednesday, for an estimated jackpot of $620 million.

That puts the jackpots for the nation's two largest lotteries at more than $2.2 billion.

"It's hard to overstate how exciting this is -- but now it's really getting fun," Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said over the weekend.

Mega Millions has already smashed its own jackpot record, which was $656 million, shared by winners in three states in March 2012.

The nation's largest lottery jackpots have rolled for a few months.

No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since July 24 when 11 co-workers in California split $543 million.

Powerball has climbed since there was a winner in New York on Aug. 11.

Each Powerball or Mega Millions ticket is $2. The games are played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball also is played in Puerto Rico.

Here are the winning Mega Millions numbers that were drawn Tuesday night:

Numbers: 28, 70, 5, 62, 65

Mega Ball: 5

Megaplier: 3X

CNN contributed to this story.

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