LIFE’S A LOTTERY
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 1st November 2018
A single ticket sold in South Carolina has scooped a world record-breaking $1.6bn (£1.2bn) 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 (£698m) or the full prize over a 29-year period.
The win would place a single winner in the 1,477th slot in Forbes’ billionaire rich list.
This would put their net worth on a par with the likes of Ben Silbermann, co-founder and chief executive of Pinterest, and former NBA basketball star Michael Jordan.
Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said: “The moment we’ve been waiting for finally arrived and we couldn’t be more excited.
“This is truly a historic occasion. We’re so happy for the winner, and we know the South Carolina Education Lottery can’t wait to meet the lucky ticket holder.”
It costs $2 (£1.50) to play the game but the odds of winning the grand prize are 302.5 million to one.
Lottery fever gripped the US as the jackpot snowballed since it was last won in July, when an 11-member pool of office workers in California won $543m (£420m at today’s rates).
The previous record for the largest US lottery prize was a $1.586bn (£1.226bn) jackpot for a Powerball draw in 2016.
An earlier Mega Millions record of $656m (£507m today) was drawn in March 2012 and the prize was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands.
Would you really like to win that sort of money though, just think about it?
Initially you have the euphoria of clearing your debts, and going on your dream holiday and buying your dream house and then being able to live life as you want but with so much added responsibility. You have billions of £s or $s to think about and manage. It’s not easy.
Ok, you need to give lots away to good causes. But who is the most deserving? You are going to still upset a lot of people no matter how many you help
I don’t think I want the responsibility.
I’m happy with my simple little life! – And I’m still more than capable of upsetting some folk.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles – Pooh
Happiness is…NOT winning the lottery
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
“You don’t realize how many people you hate until you have to name a baby.”
Love is… Good clean fun
TRACK OF THE DAY
Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
Highest Chart Position: No.4 10th August 1985
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