SC lottery victor claims record US$877m cash prize

It's been more than four months since the winning numbers were drawn on October 23, 2018.

South Carolina Education Lottery Chief Operating Officer Tony Cooper, left, and KC Mart owner CJ Patel.

The anonymous victor won $1.2 billion in the MegaMillions jackpot. The victor allowed a fellow customer to make a Mega Millions lottery ticket purchase in front of the victor while in line at the store, the commission said. They added that the lucky person has chosen to remain anonymous, meaning the commission won't even reveal whether it was a man or woman.

"A simple act of kindness led to an unbelievable outcome.", the lottery said. You can say that again.

The South Carolina lottery says a single victor has stepped forward to claim the $1.5 billion Mega Millions Jackpot from a drawing last October.

"We are delighted that the victor is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize", Hogan Brown, the Commission's Executive Director, said in a statement. The total jackpot is the largest ever to a single victor in USA history.

The winning ticket was announced in October but has remained unclaimed until now.

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"We are delighted that the victor is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize", Hogan Brown, executive director of the South Carolina Lottery Commission, said.

Both the KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina where the winning ticket was purchased and the state of South Carolina will benefit from the claim, each taking $50,000 and $61 million, respectively, now that the victor has come forward.

Mystery has surrounded the victor, who failed to come forward for months after the October 23 drawing.

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

For someone in SC, it took more than four months. Would the prize never be claimed? And that could get passed along to taxpayers if a proposal goes through to give a $50 rebate to each person who files income taxes.

"Finally somebody claimed the ticket. Obviously, South Carolina will reap the benefits of that", state House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Murrell Smith said, according to the newspaper.

  • Sonia Alvarado