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Mega Millions: Lottery Winner Finally Claims $1.5 Billion Jackpot

Mega Millions: Lottery Winner Finally Claims $1.5 Billion Jackpot

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 victor elected to receive a one-time payment of $877,784,124, the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in USA history, according to the lottery commission.

They opted to take a cash option one-time payment of almost $878 million, making this the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in USA history.

It is the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in history.

The ticket was purchased October 23, at the KC Mart in Simpsonsville, a town of about 22,000 people outside of Greenville.

The victorious player has opted not to be publicly identified, with lottery officials describing the victor only as a "South Carolinian".

There is no indication as to why the victor took their time coming forward, but the deadline was due to expire on April 20. They even mentioned that they let another customer go ahead of them in line to buy a Mega Millions ticket before them. The State of SC will benefit from $61 million that will be collected in income taxes from the victor.

"A simple act of kindness led to an wonderful outcome.", the lottery said.




When the victor never showed, some thought the ticket may have been lost. "We respect the winner's decision to remain anonymous, and we will honour the winner's wishes".

"It's good attention and good for the community, you know", KC Mart owner C.J. Patel said at the time. S. history, according to a statement by South Carolina Education Lottery Commission.

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

Inside Edition went to Simpsonville, South Carolina, where the ticket was purchased, to ask around about the mysterious victor.

The statement Monday gave no clue as to why the victor took his or her time to come forward.

The payout climbed to $1.5 billion after three months and 25 draws passed without a ticket that matched all six numbers.

The prize being claimed does come with other benefits for the state and the shop that sold it.

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