Anonymous Winner Claims $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot

The mystery of who won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot in SC has been solved, but the victor wants to remain anonymous.

Lottery officials announced Monday that a SC resident has stepped forward to claim the prize but elected to remain anonymous.

The victor - who opted to remain anonymous - chose the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124, the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history, the South Carolina Education Lottery Commission said in a statement.

The victorious player has opted not to be publicly identified, with lottery officials describing the victor only as a "South Carolinian". "We respect the winner's decision to remain anonymous, and we will honour the winner's wishes".

They were the only victor of the $1.5 billion (£1.1bn) jackpot, but opted to get the prize as one lump sum, meaning they got a reduced amount - but come on, who's complaining about only winning $877m? The victor allowed someone to cut in front of him or her in line at the store to buy the same kind of ticket before the victor bought their own.

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

Meanwhile the KC Mart stands to receive $50,000 for selling the claimed lucky ticket.

The organization said the winner's good luck was a result of an "simple act of kindness".

Patel said he'll use the money to pay for renovations to the store in Simpsonville as well as some of the six other convenience stores he owns.

Some theorized that the victor was on the run from police and feared a background check if he or she won. Players have one calendar year to come forward and claim a winning prize, but because March 2 fell on a Saturday this year, the deadline was extended until 4:45 p.m. Monday.

The ticket matched all five white numbers drawn for the Mega Millions drawing held on March 2, 2018 to win the $1 million prize.

The statement Monday gave no clue as to why the victor took his or her time to come forward. The store will receive a $50,000 bonus; the state will get $61 million in income taxes from the victor, the lottery organization said.

In South Carolina, state lawmakers have appropriated more than $5.4 billion in lottery proceeds for education since its inception there in 2002.

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