Victor claims $1.5 billion lottery jackpot in US

Victor claims $1.5 billion lottery jackpot in US

Victor claims $1.5 billion lottery jackpot in US

The anonymous sole victor of a US$1.5 billion (RM6.1 billion) US Mega Millions drawing last fall has come forward to claim the jackpot, choosing to collect a record one-time cash sum of more than US$877 million, South Carolina's lottery commission said yesterday.

The victor, a South Carolina resident, has chosen to remain anonymous and elected to collect their winnings in a one-time payment of $877,784,124 - the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history, the SC Lottery said in a news release.

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's the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history.

A window at the KC Mart that proudly displays they sold a winning Mega Millions ticket in SC a year ago.

The victorious player has opted not to be publicly identified, with lottery officials describing the victor only as a "South Carolinian".

The winner's decision to come forward comes months after the October 23 drawing produced the winning numbers 5, 28, 62, 65 and 70.

The South Carolina Education Lottery Commission revealed the winner's good fortune directly followed them having allowed someone else to go ahead of them in the queue to buy a ticket. The statement Monday gave no clue as to why the victor took his or her time to come forward.

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The commission also revealed the victor "marvels at how every decision made that day brought [them] to the store", adding that "a simple act of kindness led to an awesome outcome".

When the victor never showed, some thought the ticket may have been lost.

The South Carolina lottery said Monday that the victor had claimed October's jackpot but elected to remain anonymous. Under South Carolina law, the victor is permitted to remain anonymous.

The convenience store owner, Chirag Patal, now gets a $70,000 commission for selling the winning ticket.

For months, SC residents had speculated on why the victor hadn't stepped forward. "We couldn't be happier for them and are thrilled they took the time to assemble the right team before coming in to claim".

The victor told lottery officials that they marveled at how every decision that day led up to them purchasing the ticket.

The prize being claimed does come with other benefits for the state and the shop that sold it.

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