The anonymous sole victor of a $1.5 billion U.S. Mega Millions drawing last fall has come forward to claim the jackpot, choosing to collect a record one-time cash sum of more than $877 million, South Carolina's lottery commission said on Monday.
Lottery officials on Monday announced that a SC resident had stepped forward to claim the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot from last October - the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in USA history - but elected to remain anonymous.
As the commission noted in their announcement, the winner's decision to take a one time payout of ₦316 billion ($877 million) makes this the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history.
"We are delighted that the victor is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize".
The victor had until April 19, 2019 to claim the prize.
The individual, who chose to remain anonymous, committed a "simple act of kindness [that] led to an unbelievable outcome", lottery officials said.
The commission said the victor "marvels at how every decision made that day brought the victor to the store, at that very moment" to buy the winning ticket. They even mentioned that they let another customer go ahead of them in line to buy a Mega Millions ticket before them. He or she will remain anonymous, a right afforded to the victor by state law. "Good for him, good for me", the store's owner, C.J. Patel, told ABC.
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SC law allows lottery winners to elect not to be publicly identified.
In a statement released by the commission, it was explained that a gesture of kindness led to the victor buying the winning ticket.
In the four days leading up to the drawing, about 370 million of the $2 Mega Millions tickets were sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The lottery commission said the state will get $61 million in income taxes from the victor.
In South Carolina, state lawmakers have appropriated more than $5.4 billion in lottery proceeds for education since its inception there in 2002.
He beat odds of 1 in 303million to claim the grand prize of £1.537bn. "What we're hoping is that, through the taxpayer rebate, all taxpayers in this state will also benefit as a result".