Golden Ticket Brings World Record-Breaking $1.6 Billion Jackpot to US Buyer

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The winner or winners of the colossal amount will be allowed to choose whether they would want to receive an immediate cash payment of $904m (£698m) or the full prize over a 29-year period.

The lucky prizewinner purchased the US Mega Million lottery ticket in South Carolina and when all five numbers matched those drawn on Tuesday night, the record-breaking sum was announced.

Those wishing to play the game would pay $2 for a ticket, with the odds of winning the grand prize adding up to 302.5 million to one.

The luck numbers on the winning ticket were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 — and the Mega Ball 5.

In 2012, the Mega Millions prize of $656m was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois, and Maryland.

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