COLUMBIA, SC â??The Mega Millions jackpot has rocketed to a record setting $476 MILLION, making it the largest jackpot in U.S. history eclipsing the previous mark of $390 million set in 2007.
The nation will be watching Friday night as the Mega Millions results come in looking to crown the gameâ??s highest paid winner yet. The winner can elect to take home a one-time cash payment of $341 million.
Ticket sales are brisk all across South Carolina.
â??Unbelievable,â?? said Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea, of the South Carolina Education Lottery. â??There arenâ??t enough words to describe how thrilling this record high jackpot is for our players and for education in South Carolina. I want everyone to know that for every ticket sold in South Carolina a portion benefits education in our great state.â??
â??Itâ??s hard to fathom a number like $476 million. Just think, someone, somewhere, is going to win at least that much,â?? added Bethea. â??Iâ??m hoping South Carolina will be the state to stop this jackpot run.
South Carolinians hope sheâ??s right. The state has yet to produce a Mega Millions jackpot winner. For last nightâ??s drawing, a Mega Millions ticket worth $250,000 was sold in York.
South Carolinians wanting to take a chance on Friday nightâ??s drawing must purchase tickets by 10 p.m. for the 11 p.m. drawing.
Mega Millions tickets cost $1 and are available at lottery retailers statewide.
The odds of winning the historic jackpot are long, about 1 in 175.7 million. The Lottery urges players to play responsibly.
Mega Millions is played in more than 40 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.