How simple act of kindness led to $1.2 billion lotto win

How simple act of kindness led to $1.2 billion lotto win

Someone in SC claimed the $1.5 billion jackpot from the Mega Millions lottery held in October 2018, ending the mystery of whether anyone would ever come forward to say they had won.

The winning Quick Pick Mega Millions ticket for the October 23 drawing was purchased at a KC Mart convenience store in Simpsonville, South Carolina, officials said. They even mentioned that they let another customer go ahead of them in line to buy a Mega Millions ticket before them.

The lottery said that the victor opted for the cash lump sum, which is a one-time payment of $877,784,124.

The biggest jackpot in USA history - a $1.585 billion Powerball prize won on January 13, 2016 - was split between buyers in three states.

The victor has retained Jason Kurland of Rivkin Radler of NY to provide legal representation and to act as spokesperson, according to CBS affiliate WLTX-TV.

The anonymous victor isn't the only one walking away from this with millions.

"We are delighted that the victor is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize", Hogan Brown, the commission's executive director, said in a statement.

The victor, perhaps not surprisingly, has opted to stay anonymous. In 2016, three winning tickets were sold for a Powerball drawing worth almost $1.6 billion.

The victor of the lottery has made a decision to remain anonymous.

For someone in SC, it took more than four months.

Others speculated the winning ticket had been purchased by an office pool and was now the subject of litigation.

The victor had until April 19 to claim the prize.

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

Kurland will act as the winner's spokesperson, according to the lottery news release, and could be in Columbia, S.C., for an upcoming news conference.

He added: "What we're hoping is that, through the taxpayer rebate, all taxpayers in this state will also benefit as a result".

If the money hadn't been claimed, it would have been divided among all 44 states that take part in the Mega Millions contest, the newspaper said.

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