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

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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 victor has chosen to remain anonymous.

Lottery officials announced Monday that the individual in question had chosen to remain anonymous and opted to take home the cash option of $877,784,124.

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

The victor told the lottery commission they let another customer buy a Mega Millions ticket before they did at the store last October, according to a press release.

The winning numbers, by the way, were 5,28,62,65, 70 and the mega number 5.

But the cash option payment chosen by the South Carolina Mega Millions victor amounts to a lump-sum total of US$877,784,124 - the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in USA history, the state lottery commission said.

Who was the lucky victor of a $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot?

A simple act of kindness led to an unbelievable outcome'.

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The unnamed victor visited a KC Mart in Simpsonville, Carolina, to purchase a ticket in the hope of a stake in the $1.5billion prize total.

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

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

SC is one in only a handful of states that allows lottery winners to keep their identities secret.

It was quite possibly the biggest mystery in South Carolina Education Lottery history.

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

The owner of the store that sold the winning ticket will receive $50,000. Others speculated that the winning ticket had been purchased by an office pool and was now the subject of litigation. There was a 180 day limit on claiming the prize, so the victor was still well within the time limit when they came forward. Time would have officially run out to claim the jackpot on April 19, 2019.

The prize being claimed does come with other benefits for the state besides the cachet of knowing a new multimillionaire is walking around somewhere.

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