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One winning $1.5bn ticket

WASHINGTON: A single winning ticket has been identified in a massive $1.5 billion Mega Millions US lottery jackpot, the second largest on record, organizers said yesterday. The winning ticket was bought in South Carolina, but the lucky winner has not yet been identified. It’s the largest single winning ticket ever and it dwarfed the previous Mega Millions record, set in March 2012 at $656 million. The six winning numbers drawn on Tuesday night were five, 28, 62, 65, 70 and another five as the special “gold Mega Ball”. The winner can take $878 million in a lump sum cash payment or be paid out in annuities over 30 years. The massive jackpot had set off a lottery frenzy across America, with people lining up at convenience stores, supermarkets and liquor stores to buy a $2 ticket that gave them a roughly one in 300 million chance of winning. – AFP

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