Mega Millions Results For 10/23/18; 1 Ticket Hits $1.6B Jackpot
The $1.6 billion jackpot for the Tuesday, Oct. 23 drawing was the world’s largest ever. See the winning numbers.
Ryan Bonner , Patch Staff
One winning ticket was sold for Tuesday night’s record-breaking $1.6 billion jackpot in the multi-state lottery game Mega Millions. South Carolina lottery officials say a jackpot-winning ticket was sold in their state.
The winning numbers were: 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5.
The jackpot had rolled over without a winner a total of 24 times. The last time someone hit the Mega jackpot: way back on July 24.
Since then, Mega Millions sales in New York alone have totaled $184.5 million. The game is played in 44 states. Hourly sales approaching $3 million or more were expected in New York in the final hours leading up to Tuesday night’s drawing, the New York Lottery said.
“The world is watching us and the other 45 lottery jurisdictions offering the Mega Millions product,” said Ronald Ochrym, New York Gaming Commission’s acting executive director. “This is a chance to shine a spotlight on the pride New York takes in its lottery and all the good our lottery does for our schools, small business owners and of course, our players.”
Four people who bought Mega Millions tickets in New York for last Friday night’s drawing won the $1 million second-prize.
The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350. To put that in perspective, your odds of being struck by lightning are 302 times higher than winning the jackpot. The overall chances of winning any prize are 1 in 24. Despite those astronomical odds, there was a good chance that someone finally won the jackpot Tuesday night.
Lottery officials say they expected about 75 percent of all the number combinations to have been purchased by the time the winning numbers were drawn, USA Today reported.
Since the game’s start in 2002, there have been 36 Mega Millions jackpot winners in New York. Check them out below.Mega Millions Results For 10/23/18; 1 Ticket Hits $1.6B Jackpot – Mineola, NY – The $1.6 billion jackpot for the Tuesday, Oct. 23 drawing was the world's largest ever. See the winning numbers. ]]>