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Another big prize and a running puzzle of $ 1.5 billion



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By David K. Li

A dramatic year in American lotteries ends with a bang ̵

1; and a grand, ongoing mystery.

$ 348 million The draw is scheduled for Friday, marking the eighth-largest US lottery prize of 2018.

This is followed by a $ 298.3 million powerball award Ticket Buyers won on Wednesday night in New York City. The lucky player who bought the ticket at a Brooklyn gas station was not immediately identified on Thursday morning, authorities said.

And then there's the biggest lottery puzzle so far: who won the $ 1.53 billion Mega Millions draw in October. 23?

The holder of this single winning ticket, which was purchased in Simpsonville, South Carolina, has taken a step forward until Friday, April 19, 2019, to give his, her, or her – if a group acquired – prize that South Carolina Lottery, claim spokeswoman Holli Armstrong said Friday.

If nobody advances, the money would be returned to the 44 states that play Mega Millions.

Every state would "get back what it invests," Armstrong said. 19659007] CJ Patel, owner of the convenience store where the ticket was purchased, is anxious that the winner take a step forward. He would receive a $ 50,000 bonus for the sale of this coupon, money he would share with employees and his church.

But if the billion-dollar winner does not step forward, he'll get nothing.

"I thought it may take a few weeks because it's a lot to manage, but not so long," Patel told NBC subsidiary WYFF last week. "But maybe he could be waiting for the New Year."


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