South Carolina's $1.5B lottery victor finally steps forward

Posted March 06, 2019

The anonymous sole victor of a US$1.5 billion (RM6.1 billion) US Mega Millions drawing last fall has come forward to claim the jackpot, choosing to collect a record one-time cash sum of more than US$877 million, South Carolina's lottery commission said yesterday.

The South Carolina lottery said Monday that the victor had claimed October's jackpot but elected to remain anonymous.

Also not surprising, the victor is taking the one-time cash payout of $877,784,124. It says that's the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history. They even mentioned that they let another customer go ahead of them in line to buy a Mega Millions ticket before them.

The odds of winning the jackpot were 1 in 303 million and the victor became the first Mega Millions victor from SC.

A lottery commission statement says the person submitting the claim for what was the second-largest lottery in U.S. history has chosen to remain anonymous.

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Lottery officials reveal the lucky ticket-holder came forward on Monday.

"A simple act of kindness led to an awesome outcome", the commission said.

"We offer honest congratulations and are very happy that one of our SC retailers, KC Mart in Simpsonville, will receive $50,000 for selling the claimed winning ticket".

For someone in SC, it took more than four months.

For months, SC residents had speculated on why the victor hadn't stepped forward.

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"The State of SC will benefit from $61 million that will be collected in income taxes from the victor", said Brown.

Some theorized that the victor was on the run from police and feared a background check if he or she won. That jackpot also had some mystery as the California winners didn't come forward until about six months later.

Others speculated the winning ticket had been purchased by an office pool and was now the subject of litigation.

The victor had until 5 p.m. on April 19 to come forward with the winning ticket. In 2016, three winning tickets were sold for a Powerball drawing worth almost $1.6 billion.

This was the first time SC sold Mega Millions jackpot winning ticket, state lottery officials said.

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The prize being claimed does come with other benefits for the state besides the cachet of knowing a new multimillionaire is walking around somewhere.