SC lottery victor claims record US$877m cash prize

A window at the KC Mart that proudly displays they sold a winning Mega Millions ticket in South Carolina last year.             
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Someone in SC claimed the $1.5 billion jackpot from the Mega Millions lottery held in October 2018, ending the mystery of whether anyone would ever come forward to say they had won.

The victor has chosen to remain anonymous.

"South Carolina is one of eight states - along with Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas - where winners can opt to keep their identity a secret", reports New York Post.

The victor of the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history has stepped forward. "We respect the winner's decision to remain anonymous, and we will honour the winner's wishes".

The victor let another customer buy a Mega Millions ticket in front of them in line, which " led to an unbelievable outcome", according to the news release.

"A simple act of kindness led to an wonderful outcome." the lottery said in a release.

The drawing for the jackpot was held on October 23, 2018.




The payout climbed to $1.5 billion after three months and 25 draws passed without a ticket that matched all six numbers.

Who was the lucky victor of a $1.5 billion jackpot?

Kurland even tweeted before the Mega Millions drawing was held, advising the jackpot victor to hire the attorney with the Twitter handle "lottery lawyer". He or she will remain anonymous, a right afforded to the victor by state law.

The long delay for the victor to step forward for the SC prize had stoked months of speculation: had the ticker purchaser died? "We want the public to know these games are fair and that they can see someone actually won", he told the Star Tribune.

The victor had until 5 p.m. on April 19 to come forward with the winning ticket. Would the prize never be claimed? "Obviously, South Carolina will reap the benefits of that", state House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Murrell Smith said, according to the newspaper. Taxpayers in the state may get a US$50 (NZ$73) rebate as a result of the win, the newspaper said.

If the money hadn't been claimed, it would have been divided among all 44 states that take part in the Mega Millions contest, the newspaper said.

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