by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/24/18, 11:12 am
A ticket bought in South Carolina won the Mega Millions lottery on Tuesday with a final prize of $1.537 billion, lottery officials said. The total is lower than the original estimate of $1.6 billion and comes in just shy of the all-time record from 2016. The winning ticket is worth about $877.8 million in a lump-sum cash payment, which most winners take instead of collecting the full amount in annual payments over three decades. South Carolina is one of the eight states where winners can remain anonymous. Whoever bought the ticket hasn’t claimed the prize yet.