The South Carolina resident chose the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124.
The winning ticket was sold between October 20 and 30 of 2018 at a convenience store in Simpsonville located in SC, and has gone unclaimed for months.
For months, SC residents had speculated on why the victor had not stepped forward.
The victor had until 5 p.m. on April 19 to come forward with the winning ticket. "We offer honest congratulations and are very happy that one of our SC retailers, KC Mart in Simpsonville, will receive $50,000 for selling the claimed winning ticket".
The mystery of who won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot in SC has been solved, but the victor wants to remain anonymous.
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When purchasing their ticket, the victor allowed another customer to purchase a lottery ticket in front of him or her.
The prize being claimed does come with other benefits for the state and the shop that sold it.
Kurland will act as the winner's spokesperson, according to the lottery news release, and could be in Columbia, S.C., for an upcoming news conference.
The victor, perhaps not surprisingly, has opted to stay anonymous. Some thought the victor was so overwhelmed at seeing the winning numbers pop up that he or she died on the spot.
This was the first time SC sold Mega Millions jackpot winning ticket, state lottery officials said.
If the jackpot had not been claimed by then, each participating state in the Mega Millions game would have gotten back the money it contributed to the jackpot. And that could get passed along to taxpayers if a proposal goes through to give a $50 rebate to each person who files income taxes.
"I'm glad the money stays in SC".