Anonymous Winner Claims $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot

Anonymous Winner Claims $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot

"As allowed by SC law, the victor has elected to remain anonymous and has chosen the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124". The victor had allowed another customer to purchase a Mega Millions ticket before them in line at the store.

The winning ticket was sold between October 20 and October 23 of past year at the KC Mart convenience store in Simpsonville, a suburb of the SC city of Greenville.

And he's got good reason to be happy, because, according to the lottery's rules, the shop that sold the lucky ticket will also scoop a $50,000 (£37,900) prize.

The anonymous victor isn't the only one walking away from this with millions.

SC law allows lottery winners to elect not to be publicly identified. "We respect the winner's decision to remain anonymous, and we will honor the winner's wishes".

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

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The owner stands to make a $50,000 commission for selling the winning ticket. When asked why he thinks the victor took so long to come forward, Patel said: "That's a lot of money to manage".

In the four days leading up to the drawing, about 370 million of the $2 Mega Millions tickets were sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

SC will receive $61 million in income taxes from the winning prize which could be redistributed to taxpayers in the state.

Officials say the victor has until 5 p.m. on April 19 to come forward with the winning ticket.

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

SC governor Henry McMaster wanted the cash to go toward shoring up the state's woefully mismanaged pension fund, while others wanted to apply it toward a one-time purchase of new voting machines.

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