Mega Millions has overturned the fortunes of many American citizens  and last drawing was on Tuesday, the 24th of October 2018 when a single winning ticket from South Carolina turned around the fortune of a winner(s) in Simpsonville, whose identity is not be known immediately. The numbers drawn were 5, 28, 62, 65 and 70 and the Mega Ball was 5. The prize money is $1.5 billion.

However, the SC lottery education website in a message to the jackpot $1.5 billion winner said: "Our message to the $1.5 BILLION #Mega Millions jackpot winner: Sign the back of the ticket, place the ticket in a safe location, speak with a trusted advisor and CALL THE LOTTERY at 1-866-736-9819. Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment!"

Mega Millions Jackpot
A worker at Nick's Liquor Store sells lottery tickets as a sign shows the Mega Millions jackpot estimated at $586 million in Venice, CaliforniaReuters

The winners may choose to be anonymous but only shortly as their names go into the public records. Individuals winning prizes greater than $600 are required to notify the Internal Revenue Service. Certain times, a sizable chunk of the lottery goes away as tax.

Winners may choose to claim the entire sum in one go or have an initial payment made to themselves and make arrangements for the rest to be received as annuities each year for a period of time.

Each of these additional payments is 5% greater than the previous one. This is in order to protect and sustain the just acquired lifestyle of the winner. The percentage of the annuities however varies based on the amount won.

Well, one gets to pick 5 numbers from a pool of numbers ranging from 1 to 70 and an additional number from a pool ranging from 1 to 25. One may also choose the Easy pick/Quick pick option. All 6 picks must match in order to win. Prizes start from $2.

In January 2017, South Carolina's previous winners, an elderly couple from Charleston, gave away their $1 million prize money to their kids and grandchildren to continue living their lifestyle without any change. "I don't need anything," the man who won it told lottery officials after cashing in his winning Mega Millions ticket.