Anonymous Mega Millions Lottery Winner Claims $1.5B Jackpot In South Carolina

Anonymous Mega Millions Lottery Winner Claims $1.5B Jackpot In South Carolina

Anonymous Mega Millions Lottery Winner Claims $1.5B Jackpot In South Carolina

The South Carolina lottery says a single victor has stepped forward to claim the $1.5 billion Jackpot from a drawing last October.

SC law allows lottery winners to remain anonymous but those provisions are different in most other states.

The lottery commission said the state will get $61 million in income taxes from the victor. The victor even allowed a fellow customer to make a Mega Millions lottery ticket purchase in front of the victor while in line at the store. "We respect the winner's decision to remain anonymous, and we will honour the winner's wishes".

"A simple act of kindness led to an fantastic outcome", reads the statement from lottery officials. You can say that again.

"We are delighted that the victor is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize", Hogan Brown, the Commission's Executive Director, said in a statement. It says that's the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history.

Patel stands to make a $50,000 commission for selling the winning ticket.

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Lottery officials said the victor has come forward to claim the record $1.5 billion jackpot from October.

The winning Quick Pick Mega Millions ticket for the October 23 drawing was purchased at a KC Mart convenience store in Simpsonville, South Carolina, officials said. There was a 180 day limit on claiming the prize, so the victor was still well within the time limit when they came forward.

The victor, perhaps not surprisingly, has opted to stay anonymous.

For months, SC residents had speculated on why the victor hadn't stepped forward. "We want the public to know these games are fair and that they can see someone actually won", he told the Star Tribune.

There was just weeks remaining before the six-month deadline to claim the prize - prompting speculation that it would never be claimed.

In the four days leading up to the drawing, about 370 million of the US$2 Mega Millions tickets were sold in 44 US states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. "What we're hoping is that, through the taxpayer rebate, all taxpayers in this state will also benefit as a result".

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