A person in the U.S. has won US$1.5 billion, claiming their Mega Millions prize almost 5 months later.
The victor, perhaps not surprisingly, has opted to stay anonymous.
"A simple act of kindness led to an fantastic outcome", the statement said.
The victor told the lottery commission they let another customer buy a Mega Millions ticket before they did at the store last October, according to a press release.
The payout of the largest to a single victor in USA history.
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Excitement and intrigue had spread across the state after it was revealed in October the winning ticket of the more than $1.5 billion jackpot was bought at the KC Mart convenience store in the small town of Simpsonville.
Hans Blake, a SC investing expert, told the Greenville News that had the victor claimed their prize in October and picked the $878 million lump sun, that person could have already made more than $5 million off interest. He or she will remain anonymous, a right afforded to the victor by state law. In New Hampshire past year, an anonymous woman who won the lottery took the state to court to keep her identity a secret.
The victor, who was not named in the South Carolina Education Lottery Commission release, said they even allowed a fellow customer to make a Mega Millions lottery ticket purchase in front of the victor while in line at the store. Were they not aware that they had won? That's because Patel gets a $50,000 payment for selling the winning ticket - something he wouldn't have gotten if the prize went unclaimed. S. history, according to a statement by South Carolina Education Lottery Commission.
He added: "What we're hoping is that, through the taxpayer rebate, all taxpayers in this state will also benefit as a result".
While lottery experts say it is prudent not to immediately claim the prize, waiting this long could cost millions in interest.