Anonymous victor claiming $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot

Pat Greenhouse  Globe Staff  File

The South Carolina Education Lottery announced on Monday that the victor from October's Mega Millions drawing has finally come forward to claim the prize.

According to a lottery commission statement, the person submitting the claim has chosen to remain anonymous.

In South Carolina, state lawmakers have appropriated more than US$5.4 billion in lottery proceeds for education since its inception there in 2002.

Hans Blake, a SC investing expert, told the Greenville News that had the victor claimed their prize in October and picked the $878 million lump sun, that person could have already made more than $5 million off interest. "We respect the winner's decision to remain anonymous, and we will honour the winner's wishes".

Winners have to claim the prize within a 180 days, putting the deadline at the end of April.

"A simple act of kindness led to an wonderful outcome", the statement said.

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

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A lucky lotto ticketholder has become a billionaire after winning a massive chunk of a $2.1 billion jackpot.

Lottery officials said the odds of winning Mega Millions' top prize are 1 in 302,575,350.

The ticket was purchased October 23, at the KC Mart in Simpsonsville, a town of about 22,000 people outside of Greenville. They even mentioned that they let another customer go ahead of them in line to buy a Mega Millions ticket before them.

"It's good attention and good for the community, you know", KC Mart owner C.J. Patel said at the time.

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

The lottery commission's statement gave no clue as to why the victor took his or her time to come forward. Others speculated that the winning ticket had been purchased by an office pool and was now the subject of litigation. If it had gone unclaimed, the money would have gone back to the 44 states where the tickets were purchased.

He added: "What we're hoping is that, through the taxpayer rebate, all taxpayers in this state will also benefit as a result".

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