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Winning $1.5 billion jackpot ticket sold in South Carolina, state lottery site shows

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A winning ticket was sold in South Carolina for the record $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot, according to the S.C. Education Lottery website.

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South Carolina officials say the ticket was sold in Simpsonville, at the KC Mart #7 at 303 Lee Vaughn Road. That’s about 100 miles southwest of Charlotte in Greenville County.

However, the name of the winner may never be known by the public.

Unlike many other state lotteries, South Carolina is one of seven states that allows winners to remain anonymous. The South Carolina winner has 180 days to claim the prize, says Lottery.net, a web site devoted to lottery news.

The rising Mega Millions jackpot led to lottery fever for weeks nationwide, with the latest drawing Tuesday night.

The winning numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and a mega number of 5, according to the Sacramento Bee.

National Public Radio was among the first media outlets to report early Wednesday that a winning Mega Millions ticket had been sold in the Palmetto state.

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Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067; @jmarusak
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