Anonymous Winner Claims $1.5 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot in SC

WINNER! South Carolina's $1.5B lottery winner finally steps forward

WINNER! South Carolina's $1.5B lottery winner finally steps forward

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

According to lottery officials, the victor has finally stepped forward to claim the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history.

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

This is the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history.

The victor of the lottery has chose to remain anonymous.

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"We are delighted that the victor is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize, " said Hogan Brown, the Commission's Executive Director.

The winning ticket was sold October 23, 2018 at the KC Mart #7 at 303 Lee Vaughn Road in Simpsonville, about 90 miles northwest of Columbia in Greenville County, The State reported. The State of SC will benefit from $61 million that will be collected in income taxes from the victor. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot to go unclaimed was a $68 million prize in 2002.

Had that person invested in the stock market since October, that rate of return could have been up to 7 percent, or almost $20 million, he told the paper.

If the prize had gone unclaimed by the April 19 deadline, the $1.5 billion would have been redistributed to the 44 states - along with D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands - that take part in the Mega Millions.

The $US1.537 billion jackpot fell just shy of the $US1.586 billion Powerball jackpot in 2016, the largest in the country's history. A couple, Marvin and Mae Acosta, from California waited six months before claiming their share of the winnings. The statement Monday gave no clue as to why the victor took his or her time to come forward.

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