Kansas players win prizes in Tuesday Mega Millions drawing

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Both locations will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning tickets, according to a statement from Mega Millions.

With the Mega Millions reaching a historic $1.6 billion, Tuesday's victor isn't the only one who won the jackpot.

The winning numbers for October 23 are the white balls 5, 28, 62, 65 and 70, plus the gold Mega Ball 5.

"I stopped to get some Mega Millions tickets because the jackpot is so high", said Jordan, a mother of four, in a news release.

"The final total was less than the $1.6 billion estimate because estimates are based on historical patterns of jackpot rolls, but there were few precedents for a jackpot this size", said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. Though the $1.6 billion victor lives in South Carolina-AKA one of eight states where lottery winners can choose to remain anonymous-it's not out of the realm of possibility that this person could be on the show (hey, the odds have to be better than actually winning the jackpot in the first place).

Lottery officials have not announced the identities of a victor or winners.

Wednesday, Powerball will draw for the sixth largest jackpot in United States history.

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Meanwhile, South Carolina Education Lottery Chief Operating Officer Tony Cooper had some advice for the victor, who has 180 days to claim his or her prize: "Sign the back of that (ticket)".

The victor can decide to take a cash payout of $913 million after tax, or opt to have it paid out in instalments over 29 years.

KC Mart owner CJ Patel will also be a victor. She bought her million-dollar ticket at the Cumberland Farms store on Main Street in Bridgewater, said Christian Teja, spokesman for the Massachusetts State Lottery.

South Carolina Education Lottery spokeswoman Holli Armstrong said the drawing was the state's first Mega Millions jackpot win.

"There are lots of lottery winners who you never hear about who do just fine, but there are others who ruin their finances, relationships, and lives after they win", certified financial planner Robert Pagliarini explained at Investopedia. The victor has 180 days to collect the jackpot.

Call it the world's largest lottery prize that wasn't.

'Sell me another lucky one. If the prize was estimated as a more common $100 million and the payout was $96 million, would anyone notice?

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