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Victor of record $1.5B lottery drawing comes forward

05 March, 2019, 10:12 | Author: Taylor George
  • WINNER! South Carolina's $1.5B lottery winner finally steps forward

Someone has finally stepped forward to claim the US$1.5 billion (NZ$2.2b) Mega Millions jackpot, less than two months before their victory was set to expire, ending months of speculation that had ensued after the prize was announced in October.

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

The victor chose the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124. That's the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history, it said.

The victor has retained the representation of NY law firm Rivkin Radler.

"It's exciting. Good for me, good for him, her, whoever it is", said Chirag Patel, owner of the convenience store.

The ticket was purchased October 23, at the KC Mart in Simpsonsville, a town of about 22,000 people outside of Greenville. He said that after taxes, he stands to collect $25,000 to $30,000.

The victor had until April 17 to claim the prize.

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For months, SC residents had speculated on why the victor had not stepped forward.

For months, SC residents had speculated on why the victor had not stepped forward.

The victor, perhaps not surprisingly, has opted to stay anonymous.

His first unsolicited advice to the Mega Millions victor was to sign the back of the winning ticket immediately, because "whoever hands it in to the Lottery Commission with their name on the back of it is the victor", Yahoo reported.

The long delay for the victor to step forward for the SC prize had stoked months of speculation: had the ticker purchaser died? It is also South Carolina's first Mega Millions jackpot win.

An apparent random act of kindness lead to the winner's good fortune. If it had gone unclaimed, the money would have gone back to the 44 states where the tickets were purchased.

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