Victor claims $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot in SC

Posted March 06, 2019

The odds of winning the jackpot were 1 in 303 million and the victor became the first Mega Millions victor from SC.

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

The unidentified person who defied the 1 in 302 million odds said they will remain anonymous. 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. He or she will remain anonymous, a right afforded to the victor by state law. You can say that again.

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

The victor, from SC, has elected to remain anonymous and chose the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124.

It says that is the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history.

Meanwhile the KC Mart stands to receive $50,000 for selling the claimed lucky ticket.

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

The winning ticket was purchased at the KC Mart #7 on Lee Vaughn Road in Simpsonville, SC and matched all six numbers in the October 23, 2018 drawing.

Time nearly ran out for the victor to take home the big bucks, since they only had 180 days from the draw date to claim it.

The long delay for the victor to step forward for the SC prize had stoked months of speculation: had the ticker purchaser died? "We want the public to know these games are fair and that they can see someone actually won", he told the Star Tribune. A couple, Marvin and Mae Acosta, from California waited six months before claiming their share of the winnings. 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".