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Lucky Lottery Winner Scoops A World Record-Breaking $1.6bn In US Mega Millions

Someone is calling in sick to work this morning in South Carolina

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How would you react if you woke up to the news that you were now a billionaire?

Well, one lucky South Carolina resident is in possession of a single lottery ticket which has scooped a world record-breaking $1.6bn (€1.4bn) jackpot in the US Mega Millions lottery.

The ticket matched all five numbers – 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 – and the Mega Ball 5 that were drawn on Tuesday night.

The winner – or winners if the ticket was purchased by a couple, family, or syndicate – will be given the choice of receiving an immediate cash payment of $904m or the full prize over a 29-year period.

If the winner of this mega prize is an individual and not a group, they would also earn a place on the Forbes’ billionaire rich list (they place about 1,477th on the list). This would put their net worth on a par with former NBA basketball star Michael Jordan.

It costs $2 (£1.50) to play the game but the odds of winning the grand prize are 302.5 million to one.

If this doesn’t inspire you to go by a lottery ticket, we don’t know what will.

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