Mystery victor claims massive $1.5bn Mega Millions in US

Mystery victor claims massive $1.5bn Mega Millions in US

The victor held their ticket for four months before coming forward, fueling months of speculation on what may have happened to the winning ticket. The victor has chosen to receive a one-time cash payment of $877,784,124, according to the South Carolina Education Lottery Commission.

The lucky ticket was purchased at a KC Mart convenience store in Simpsonville, with shop owner C.J. Patel telling CBS News at the time that such an event was indeed "good for the community".

The victor is represented by lawyer Jason Kurland, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A lottery commission statement says the person submitting the claim for what was the second-largest lottery in United States history has chosen to remain anonymous.

In a statement released by the commission, it was explained that a gesture of kindness led to the victor buying the winning ticket.

"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 statement read.

"A simple act of kindness led to an wonderful outcome", lotto officials said in a news release.

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And the state of SC is set to collect $61million in taxes from the victor. "We respect the winner's decision to remain anonymous, and we will honor the winner's wishes".

SC will receive $61 million in income taxes from the winning prize which could be redistributed to taxpayers in the state. Would the prize never be claimed?

Lottery winners are given 180 days to claim their prize. Taxpayers in the state may get a $50 rebate as a result of the win, the newspaper said.

"I'm glad the money stays in SC".

"I'm glad the money stays in SC".

In South Carolina, state lawmakers have appropriated more than $5.4 billion in lottery proceeds for education since its inception there in 2002. If it had gone unclaimed, the money would have gone back to the 44 states where the tickets were purchased.

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