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Victor claims $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot in SC

Victor claims $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot in SC

The South Carolina resident who had the billion-dollar lottery ticket drawn in October has finally claimed their prize.

The victor of the lottery has made a decision to remain anonymous.

The victor chose the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124.

The victor of the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history has stepped forward.

The victor had up to 180 days to claim their prize, said a release from Lottery.net, a site devoted to lottery news.

The numbers drawn on October 23 were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5.

SC is one of a handful of states where winners can remain anonymous - a choice that winners often make to protect themselves from being targeted by criminals or unscrupulous people seeking money.

The sole victor, who wishes to remain anonymous, submitted a claim for the prize today, according to SC lottery officials.

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

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The unnamed person who bought that ticket reportedly let another customer ahead in line to buy a Mega Millions ticket.

The winning ticket was sold in Simpsonville, S.C. back on October 23, but since then the sole victor has remained in hiding.

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

Media outside the KC Mart in Simpsonville, after it was announced the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was purchased at the store.

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

"It's good attention and good for the community, you know", KC Mart owner C.J. Patel said at the time. S. history, according to a statement by South Carolina Education Lottery Commission.

The victor told lottery officials that they marveled at how every decision that day led up to them purchasing the ticket. The State of SC will benefit from $61 million that will be collected in income taxes from the victor.

Some theorized that the victor was on the run from police and feared a background check if he or she won.

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

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