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Mega Millions results: Lottery ticket sold in South Carolina wins world-record $1.6bn jackpot

Mega Millions results: Lottery ticket sold in South Carolina wins world-record $  1.6bn jackpotA lucky winner has potentially scooped a world record-breaking $ 1.6bn (£1.2bn) jackpot in the US Mega Millions lottery – becoming America’s newest billionaire. The $ 1.6bn jackpot is the largest prize in US history and comes with a cash option of $ 913m (£706m). Lottery officials in South Carolina said one ticket with all six winning numbers had been sold in the state.



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One winning lottery ticket sold in U.S. for $1.6 billion jackpot – lottery official

One winning lottery ticket sold in U.S. for $  1.6 billion jackpot - lottery officialOnly one ticket matches all six numbers in the Mega Millions lottery draw in the United States for a jackpot worth a record-setting $ 1.6 billion, a lottery official said early on Wednesday. The ticket, sold in South Carolina, matched the five numbers 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 5 that were drawn on Tuesday night, a Mega Millions spokeswoman said. The buyer of the ticket beat the odds of 1 in 303 million to win the Mega Millions drawing for the largest jackpot in U.S. history.



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At Least One Ticket May Have Won The $1.6 Billion Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot

At Least One Ticket May Have Won The $  1.6 Billion Mega Millions Lottery JackpotIs it you?



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U.S. gets lottery fever as jackpots rise to $2.2 billion

U.S. gets lottery fever as jackpots rise to $  2.2 billionGregory Baron, 24, and Ben Nelson, 27, on Monday were eagerly purchasing $ 2 tickets for the Mega Millions jackpot in hopes of winning the record-setting $ 1.6 billion prize and becoming among the richest people in the world. “I would incorporate myself as a business and become my own company,” Baron said inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, adding that he would also pay off his student loans and parents’ mortgage and donate to charities if he wins. The Mega Millions website briefly crashed on Monday ahead of the drawing due to a surge in visitors, said a spokeswoman for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, which administers the website.



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California Man Wins Lottery 4 times in 6 Months For More Than $6 Million

California Man Wins Lottery 4 times in 6 Months For More Than $  6 MillionHe said he doesn't know what caused his lucky streak.



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Canada teen scores lottery win of $1,000, every week, for life

Canada teen scores lottery win of $  1,000, every week, for lifeTurning 18 is the moment when most teenagers begin to wonder how they will pay their way in the world, but for one lucky Canadian woman, paying the bills will never be a problem. Charlie Lagarde never dreamed she’d strike lucky when she hit the legal age to buy a lottery ticket in Canada by spending C$ 4 on a winning scratch card. The Quebec teenager wound up winning a lifetime of weekly payments of $ 1000. Ms Lagarde was given the choice of receiving either C$ 1m (£550,000) in one go or in weekly installments of $ 1000 – meaning should could be paid up to $ 4m if she reaches the average Canada life expectancy for a woman of 83. After consulting with a financial adviser, Ms Lagarde opted for weekly payments so as to avoid tax. Patrice Lavoie, a spokesman for the lottery corporation, told the Canadian Press: "It's without taxes so it's equivalent to a salary of more than $ 100,000 a year, so it's a great start in life for that young lady." "That was her first lottery ticket ever and she fell upon a winning ticket." Ms Lagarde claimed her prize on Monday at the lottery corporation's head office in Montreal, surrounded by friends and family. She said she wants to use the money to travel and her studies. "I want to study photography. One of my dreams would be to work for National Geographic," she told the lottery officials.



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Woman wins lottery after buying first ever ticket to mark 18th birthday

Woman wins lottery after buying first ever ticket to mark 18th birthdayA Canadian teenager has hit the jackpot after buying her first ever lottery ticket to celebrate her 18th birthday. Charlie Lagarde, who is from Quebec, purchased the scratch ticket alongside a bottle of champagne to celebrate turning 18 on 14 March. Ms Lagarde has said she is keen to use the money to travel and to invest in her education.



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New Hampshire woman takes state to court to keep her $560m lottery win a secret

New Hampshire woman takes state to court to keep her $  560m lottery win a secretA woman from New Hampshire is taking legal action against the state to prevent her identity becoming public after winning $ 560 million (£404m) in the lottery. The woman, given the pseudonym "Jane Doe" in court filings, bought the winning ticket in the town of Merrimack on January 6.  The owner of the convenience store in the historic riverside town, 50 miles north west of Boston and with a population of 25,000, was so proud of selling the ticket – and his $ 75,000 bonus for doing so – that he made national headlines. “Can you believe someone just walked into my store and won?!" said Sam Safa, as the mystery over the winner grew.  "Most of my customers are local, and I'm hoping it's someone local. But whoever it is, congratulations to them." The winner was indeed a local woman. And last week she went to court to try and prevent her identity being made public. “She is a long-time resident of New Hampshire and is an engaged community member,” her lawyer, Steven Gordon, wrote in the court documents.  “She wishes to continue this work and the freedom to walk into a grocery store or attend public events without being known or targeted as the winner of a half-billion dollars.” Lottery officials insist that the law is clear, and that the integrity of the game depends on public identification of the winners. New Hampshire lottery rules require the winner’s name, town and amount won be available for public information, in accordance with open-records laws. Mavis Wanczyk, another lottery winner, clinched $ 758.7 million in August 2017, the largest ever jackpot in US history Credit:  Josh Reynolds/AP She could have avoided identification only if she established a trust and asked a trustee to sign her name on the back of the ticket – something she did not know. Altering the signature on the back of her ticket would make it void. She says she made a "huge mistake" when she signed her real name on the back of the ticket before contacting a lawyer, who told her she could have remained anonymous had she established the trust. Charlie McIntyre, executive director for the New Hampshire lottery, said the commission consulted with the state’s attorney general’s office and that the Powerball winner must abide by the disclosure laws “like any other.” “The New Hampshire Lottery understands that winning a $ 560 million Powerball jackpot is a life-changing occurrence,” the statement said.  “Having awarded numerous Powerball jackpots over the years, we also understand that the procedures in place for prize claimants are critically important for the security and integrity of the lottery, our players and our games.  “While we respect this player’s desire to remain anonymous, state statutes and lottery rules clearly dictate protocols.” Mr Gordon and his team are hoping that the courts will take into account the myriad examples of lottery winners being conned or physically endangered. They even claim that the state’s opioid crisis proves that there is danger in the state, writing that New Hampshire, "despite it's bucolic beauty… is not immune to crime." How to pick lottery numbers and win: 8 ways to increase your chances The lawsuit states that the woman now joins a small group of big jackpot winners that "has historically been victimized by the unscrupulous". Indeed, the US has a history of violence against lottery winners. In November 2015, Craigory Burch Jr won $ 434,272 in Georgia. Two months later, police said, Burch was killed in his home by seven masked men who kicked in his front door. His family members said the public announcement of the lottery winnings had made him a target. “When they came in, he said: ‘Don’t do it, bro. Don’t do it in front of my kids. Please don’t do it in front of my kids and old lady,’” said his girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks, at the time.  “He said, ‘I’ll give you my bank card.’” And a Florida man, Abraham Shakespeare, won a $ 30 million lottery prize in 2006, only to be approached two years later by Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore, who said she was writing a book about how people were taking advantage of him.  She soon became his financial adviser and slowly siphoned away his money, then killed him. “She got every bit of his money,” said Jay Pruner, assistant state attorney, in closing arguments. “He found out about it and threatened to kill her. She killed him first.” She was found guilty in December 2012 of his death, and sentenced to life in prison.



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Woman Takes Off After Cashing In $300,000 Lottery Ticket Her 'Best Friend' Says They Planned to Split

Woman Takes Off After Cashing In $  300,000 Lottery Ticket Her 'Best Friend' Says They Planned to SplitIt was a betrayal that left Leslie Underwood stunned, and now she plans to sue for her half of the winnings.



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The World’s Largest Lottery Has Just Drawn Its Winners

The World’s Largest Lottery Has Just Drawn Its WinnersThe lucky winners of Spain’s Christmas lottery celebrated on Friday as they eagerly awaited receiving their share of the 2.4 billion euro, or $ 2.8 billion, prize.



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