WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Weeks before the deadline, a resident from South Carolina finally came forward to claim the Mega Millions Jackpot worth $1.5 billion.
- The winner chose to cash in his winnings of $878,000,000; this makes the payout the biggest recorded in US history.
- Because it took time for the winner to claim the prize, so many have hypothesized that either the winner died, or running from the police.
Finally, the mystery surrounding last October’s unclaimed $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot is over! On Monday, lottery officials announced that an anonymous South Carolina resident came to claim the prize that was due on April 19.
“We are delighted that the winner is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize,” said the Commission’s Executive Director Hogan Brown. He did not disclose the reason why it took time for the winner to step forward.
Electing to remain anonymous, the winner opted for the cash option, which is a one-time payment of about $878,000,000, according to a statement from the lottery commission. Additionally, this is also the biggest jackpot prize in US history, to a single winner.
Speculations abounded among the residents of South Carolina for the past months as to why the winner hasn’t claimed the winnings yet.
While some surmised that the winner must be on the run from the police and didn’t want a background check on him or her, some thought that the winner might have died upon seeing that he/she won. Others guessed that the ticket may now be the subject of litigation due to being bought by an office.
The winning ticket was sold at the KC Mart in Simpsonville between Oct. 20 and Oct. 23 of last year.
Meanwhile, both the state and the shop that sold it will benefit much from the prize.
The commission stated that the KC Mart in Simpsonville will get their share of $50,000 for selling the ticket, while the state receives $61 million in income taxes.