SC lottery player claims $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot

SC lottery player claims $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot

The mystery of who won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot in SC has been solved, but the victor wants to remain anonymous.

A statement from the lottery commission said this win goes on record as the second-largest payout in United States history.

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

"The State of SC will benefit from $61 million that will be collected in income taxes from the victor". He or she will remain anonymous, a right afforded to the victor by state law.

If the prize had gone unclaimed by the April 19 deadline, the $1.5 billion would have been redistributed to the 44 states - along with D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands - that take part in the Mega Millions. In the more than four months since the winning numbers were announced on October 22, 2018, the victor likely sought financial advice to determine how to accept the payout.

The buyer of the winning ticket beat the odds of 1 in 303 million to win the drawing for a grand prize of US$1.537 billion, just short of a word record Powerball jackpot of US$1.586 billion in January 2016.

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

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Media outside the KC Mart in Simpsonville, after it was announced the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was purchased at the store.

He'll spend the money on renovations he's already made to that store and to other convenience stores he owns. The store will receive a US$50,000 (NZ$73,322) bonus; the state will get US$61m (NZ$89m) in income taxes from the victor, the lottery organisation said.

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

Others speculated the winning ticket had been purchased by an office pool and was now the subject of litigation.

The commission said the victor marvelled at every decision they made that got them to the right place at the right time to buy the ticket.

"I'm glad the money stays in SC".

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