Single ticket in South Carolina wins nearly $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa — Lottery officials say someone has won the nearly $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot.

Mega Millions officials say a ticket purchased in South Carolina matches all six numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing. The massive jackpot is the world’s largest ever lottery grand prize.

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.

The jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million.

Mega Millions says the jackpot was $1,537,000,000, just short of record for all lotteries.

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, including Colorado, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.