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The $1.5B Mega Millions jackpot victor finally steps forward

The $1.5B Mega Millions jackpot victor finally steps forward

- After months of uncertainty, a single victor has come forward to claim the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot in SC.

The winning ticket was purchased between October 20 and 23 at the KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

The victor, who has elected to remain anonymous, chose the one-time payment cash option, making their prize worth almost $878,000,000.

It says that is the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history.

And he's got good reason to be happy, because, according to the lottery's rules, the shop that sold the lucky ticket will also scoop a $50,000 (£37,900) prize.

According to the S.C. Lottery, the person "marvels at how every decision made that day brought the victor to the store, at that very moment, to make the Quick Pick Mega Millions lottery ticket purchase".

For months, SC residents had speculated on why the victor hadn't stepped forward.

"It may have taken six months for them to come to one of our offices, but these winners did just what we tell all our winners to do - they read our Winner's Handbook and then assembled a team of legal and financial advisors to help them make the most of this windfall and prepare them for their new life as Lottery winners", California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez said in a statement to NBC in 2016.




The South Carolina resident has claimed the prize as a lump sum payout of $877,784,124.

'The victor marvels at how every decision made that day brought the victor to the store, at that very moment, to make the Quick Pick Mega Millions lottery ticket purchase, ' the The South Carolina Education Lottery Commission said in a statement.

The player made his own luck in an astonishing twist of fate which landed him the record-breaking prize on the US Quick Pick Mega Millions draw.

The lottery commission's statement gave no clue as to why the victor took his or her time to come forward.

Some theorised the victor was on the run from police and feared a background check if he or she won.

Time nearly ran out for the victor to take home the big bucks, since they only had 180 days from the draw date to claim it.

This was the first time SC sold Mega Millions jackpot winning ticket, state lottery officials said.

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