Mega Millions lottery jackpot winner is a South Carolina woman who was visiting Greenville
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The winner of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot has been identified as a “she,” but is still choosing to remain anonymous, according to a press release from her attorney.
The anonymous winner is a South Carolinian who was visiting Greenville from out of town and chose to take a “scenic drive during some down time” when she passed the KC Mart in Simpsonville. She decided to purchase a ticket there after the sign advertising the huge jackpot “caught her eye,” the release said.
When she realized she was the winner the morning after the drawing, “complete shock and disbelief” set in and she jumped in joy, the release said.
Her prize, which she opted to take her winnings as a one-time payment of $877,784,124, was the largest jackpot in U.S. history.
After drawing the ticket in Simpsonville last October, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that the winner claimed her prize, sparking widespread speculation over why a winner hadn’t come forward. According to the release, the anonymous woman was researching how to remain anonymous and manage her sudden influx of cash.
CJ Patel, owner of the KC Mart in Simpsonville, says the record-breaking Mega Millions prize isn’t the first big winning lottery ticket he’s sold. The Greenville News
She is donating some of her winnings to the City of Simpsonville Arts Center, among other charities to “show her appreciation” to South Carolina and Simpsonville, according to the release. The others include:
- Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Columbia, S.C.
- One S.C. Fund – for Hurricane Florence Relief
- In The Middle, Columbia, S.C.
- American Red Cross Alabama Region – Tornado Relief Fund
The anonymous winner is being represented by New York attorney Jason Kurland, who specializes in lottery winning, according to his firm’s website. Some of his other large-lottery winning clients include:
- Putnam Avenue Family Trust, winner of a $254.2 million Connecticut Powerball lottery.
- Rainbow Sherbert Trust, winner of a $336.4 million Rhode Island Powerball jackpot.
- The Ning Trust, winner of a $121.6 million Powerball jackpot in Delaware two years ago.
South Carolina lottery winner claims record $877 million cash prize
(Reuters) – The anonymous sole winner of a $1.5 billion U.S. Mega Millions drawing last fall has come forward to claim the jackpot, choosing to collect a record one-time cash sum of more than $877 million, South Carolina’s lottery commission said on Monday.
The winning Quick Pick Mega Millions ticket for the Oct. 23 drawing was purchased at a KC Mart convenience store in Simpsonville, South Carolina, officials said.
The victorious player has opted not to be publicly identified, with lottery officials describing the winner only as a “South Carolinian.”
But in a fortuitous gesture recounted by lottery officials, the lucky contestant had allowed a fellow customer at the KC Mart to jump ahead in line to buy a ticket just before the winning ticket was sold.
“A simple act of kindness led to an amazing outcome,” at the commission said in a statement announcing that a winner had come forward.
The buyer of the winning ticket beat the odds of 1 in 303 million to win the drawing for a grand prize of $1.537 billion, just short of a word record Powerball jackpot of $1.586 billion in January 2016.
But the cash option payment chosen by the South Carolina Mega Millions winner amounts to a lump-sum total of $877,784,124 – the largest jackpot payout to a single winner in U.S. history, the state lottery commission said.
The winner could otherwise have elected to accept the full amount of the jackpot paid out in installments over 29 years.
The KC Mart in Simpsonville will receive a $50,000 prize for selling the claimed lucky ticket, and the state of South Carolina stands to collect $61 million in income taxes from the winner.
The triumphant Mega Millions contender has retained a New York lawyer, Jason Kurland, who specializes in representing lottery winners, and a news conference is to be held following completion of the payment process in the near future, the commission said. Kurland could not immediately be reached for comment.
In the four days leading up to the drawing, about 370 million of the $2 Mega Millions tickets were sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In South Carolina, state lawmakers have appropriated more than $5.4 billion in lottery proceeds for education since its inception there in 2002.
Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Alistair Bell
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