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Why the world's biggest lottery jackpot wasn't

Why the world's biggest lottery jackpot wasn't

Call it the world's largest lottery prize that wasn't. The Mega Millions jackpot that had been announced as the biggest ever at $1.6 billion ended up being the second-biggest at $1.537 billion.

It's a difference that likely means little to the lucky person who bought the ticket in South Carolina and won Tuesday night's drawing, but it raises questions about how lottery officials make estimates and whether they were influenced by a desire to claim the jackpot amount surpassed all others.

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