A SOUTH Carolina resident pocketed the largest Mega Millions jackpot in 2019.
The lucky winner decided to stay out of the spotlight and remain anonymous.
There have been some huge Mega Millions paydaysCredit: Rex Features
What is the highest Mega Millions jackpot ever?
Lottery officials announced in March of 2019 that a South Carolina resident claimed a $1.537billion Mega Millions jackpot.
The winning ticket was sold between October 20 and October 23 of 2018 at the KC Mart convenience store in Simpsonville.
“We are delighted that the winner is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize,” said Hogan Brown, the Lottery Commission’s Executive Director.
“We respect the winner’s decision to remain anonymous, and we will honor the winner’s wishes.”
A billboard displays the Mega Millions multi-state lottery jackpot in AtlantaCredit: Rex Features
The commission said the winner “marvels at how every decision made that day brought the winner to the store, at that very moment” to buy the winning ticket.
The winner allowed a fellow customer to make a Mega Millions lottery ticket purchase in front of the winner while in line at the store.
“A simple act of kindness led to an amazing outcome,” the statement said.
The biggest jackpot in US history was a $1.585 billion Powerball prize won in 2016 – but it was split between buyers in three states.
What are the most and least common Mega Millions numbers?
The number 31 has been drawn 243 times since the game’s launch in 1996 – and tops the list.
A Mega Millions ticketCredit: Rex Features
The number 17 has been drawn 238 times, while the number 10 has been selected 232 times.
The number 10 has been the most drawn number since 2017, followed by 31 and 14.
Here’s more information on the most common Mega numbers.
On the other hand, the number 72 has only been drawn 20 times in Mega Millions – the fewest ever.
The number 71 has been drawn 22 times, and also last dropped four years ago.
The number 21 is the least drawn number over the last four years at 14.
Here’s more information on the least common Mega numbers.
When is the next Mega Millions drawing?
The next Mega Millions drawing is Friday, January 22, at 11 pm.
The current jackpot is $1billion – the third-largest jackpot in US history.
Americans have a one in 302 million chance of winning the jackpot.