$1.537 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot Won in South Carolina


By Luke Kaplan and Yulieanna Sim

The second largest jackpot in history has just been won on Tuesday night, October 23, for a grand prize of $1.537 billion.

The State of South Carolina has never won a Mega Millions jackpot before, until now. Their highest lottery ticket won before this was about $399 million.

The winning ticket was bought for two dollars in Simpsonville, at the KC Mart #7, defying the exceptional odds of 1 in 302.5 million. The KC Mart will get their share of $50,000 for selling the winning ticket and the winner gets to choose between a sum of $878 million all at once or $35 million annually, not including the new taxes that come with the large income.

“I would just want [$35 million] every year so I could manage it better and $900 million, I feel like I would use it all at once and not spend it wisely.” Sophomore Carolina Cedraschi states.

With the thought of winning $1.6 billion in mind, Hills students were asked what they would do if they miraculously won. “I would give some it of to my parents and family, I would donate some of it, and I would keep some of it.” Sophomore Ashley Blitzer shares.

The lucky winner has weeks before they claim their price and can remain confidential since they bought the ticket in South Carolina. Besides seven other states, lottery winners’ names are made public everywhere else, thus compromising their identity.

When asked about the fairness of receiving just over 50% of the grand prize due to taxes, Junior Alyssa Miller replied that she is fine with it, saying,  “What are you going to do with $1.6 billion dollars? No one needs that.”