The mystery surrounding the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot from last October is partly over as lottery officials announced Monday that a SC resident had stepped forward to claim the prize but elected to remain anonymous.
The victor elected to receive a one-time payment of $877,784,124, the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in US history, according to the lottery commission.
There is no indication as to why the victor took their time coming forward, but the deadline was due to expire on April 20.
The payout of the largest to a single victor in US history.
A window at the KC Mart that proudly displays they sold a winning Mega Millions ticket in SC previous year.
The victor had up to 180 days to claim their prize, said a release from Lottery.net, a site devoted to lottery news.
The winning ticket was announced in October but has remained unclaimed until now.
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A billion-dollar mystery in SC has been solved.
When purchasing their ticket, the victor allowed another customer to purchase a lottery ticket in front of him or her. "We respect the winner's decision to remain anonymous, and we will honour the winner's wishes".
The South Carolina resident has claimed the prize as a lump sum payout of $877,784,124.
Some theorised the victor was on the run from police and feared a background check if he or she won. He said that after taxes, he stands to collect $25,000 to $30,000.
Others speculated the winning ticket had been purchased by an office pool and was now the subject of litigation.
Kurland will act as the winner's spokesperson, according to the lottery news release, and could be in Columbia, S.C., for an upcoming news conference.
Lottery officials reveal the lucky ticket-holder came forward on Monday.
If the jackpot had not been claimed by then, each participating state in the Mega Millions game would have gotten back the money it contributed to the jackpot. "What we're hoping is that, through the taxpayer rebate, all taxpayers in this state will also benefit as a result".