And now let's wait.
Lottery officials on Tuesday extracted Mega Millions numbers for the historic $ 1.5 billion jackpot – the second largest prize in US lottery history.
The numbers were 5-28-62-65-70, with a number of Mega Balls of 5.
Officials at the beginning said Wednesday that there was only one winner in South Carolina, but gave no further details.
For weeks, as the jackpot grew and grew, apparently every conversation across the country was aimed at how to spend millions.
Chances are you have heard someone come up with a plan to buy houses and yachts up to a block. But of course, many are sure to explain, they too will direct money to charity.
Officials said Tuesday's Mega Millions draw would pay around $ 1.6 billion to holders of winning jackpot tickets, if any, after Friday's draw for the record ended without tickets matched all six numbers.
That number is "unexplored territory" for Mega Millions, lottery officials said, even though the final jackpot was only $ 1.537 billion – just short of the lottery record.
The jackpot would rise to $ 2 billion for Friday's draw, Carole Gentry, a Maryland lottery and game spokesman, told the Washington Post, if there were no winners.
But the odds were higher than ever before a winner emerged: lottery officials estimated that 75 percent of all number combinations had been purchased at the time of the draw, Gentry said. With over 300 million possible combinations, the odds of winning were 1 out of 302.575.350.
It is possible to buy more than one set of winning numbers, even if it would mean that two or more people should share the massive payment.
Jackpot fever struck nationally.
Thursday, before the last draw, players in California were buying 200 tickets per second, according to the Associated Press.
On Friday, on the east coast, approximately 9,100 tickets per minute were purchased in Maryland in a two-hour window before the draw, state lottery officials said.
The Virginia Lottery predicted that sales after Friday's draw with Tuesday's draw will have reached $ 19 million, lottery spokeswoman Jennifer Mullen said. At the peak of sales, up to 12,700 tickets a minute will be sold, he said.
The deadline for buying tickets in most states is at 10:45 pm Eastern time, or 15 minutes before the draw, although some stop sales earlier.
What is my payment if I win?
The estimated cash option is around $ 913 million in the event that the winner chooses to make a one-time lump sum payment rather than annual payments for 30 years, according to Mega Millions officials.
But this is before taxes. You would get about half of it after state and federal taxes have a big bite of your winnings, the AP reported. Annual payments would lead to a higher payment over time, but you should throw away enough money to buy, say, a troubled National Football League team.
And if you take annual payments instead of the lump sum, you could also be a possible billionaire. The Web site USAMega.com analyze the appearance of your winnings after tax for your state. Even the heavily taxed states like New York show figures that reach a billion dollars after 30 years of payments.
Is it me or the lottery jackpots are huge these days?
It's not just you. Lottery officials are counting on huge jackpots to attract players who would normally avoid participating, so last October they made two big changes. They doubled ticket prices to $ 2 and modified the formula to make it easier to win smaller prizes but more difficult to win the jackpot.
Here's how the Mega Millions worked: players chose five numbers from 1 to 75 and a Mega number from 1 to 15. The odds of winning the top prize were 1 out of 258.890.850.
Since Mega Millions changed the formula, players now choose five numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega number from 1 to 25. The odds of winning the jackpot are now 1 out of 302.575.350.
In other words, reducing the number of balls for the first five numbers increases the chances of winning a smaller prize. But increasing the number of Mega Balls makes it more difficult to win the jackpot. (Win the big jackpot again by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing.)
Powerball has made similar changes to its rules in 2015. That game itself is currently at a monster's jackpot, albeit small compared to Mega Millions. The Powerball jackpot is a $ 620 million in view of the draw on Wednesday.
Do people think they will win?
"I believe I have already won," said Joseph Rauch to Reuters, "because I believe in the law of attraction, so what should be will already be."
Others are self-reading experts on how to handle such a huge and public prize. "I would incorporate myself as a company and become my company," said Gregory Baron in New York City.
And even apparent fatalists roam the corner shop for a jackpot hit.
Hank Kattan is 75 years old. He does not expect to win at all. It's still:
"I will never win, but you have to try," he told Reuters. "I would like to change my way of life".
Amy B Wang and J. Freedom du Lac contributed to this report.
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