"We are delighted that the victor is a South Carolinian has come forward to claim this remarkable prize", said the Commissions Executive Director, Hogan Brown.
The ticket was bought at a SC gas station in October, but nobody had claimed the prize until yesterday - when anonymous person submitted the claim for what was the second-largest lottery in US history.
Also not surprising is the victor taking the one-time cash payout of $877,784,124.
It is the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in history.
A window at the KC Mart that proudly displays they sold a winning Mega Millions ticket in SC previous year.
Lottery officials said the victor has come forward to claim the record $1.5 billion jackpot from October. The victor had until April 19 at 5 p.m.to come forward to claim the prize.
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 State of SC will benefit from $61 million that will be collected in income taxes from the victor.
The S.C. Lottery said the victor "retained Jason Kurland of Rivkin Radler of NY to provide legal representation and to act as spokesperson", in the news release.
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Radler earned the nickname "The Lottery Lawyer" by representing winners of some of the largest lottery jackpots in the country including winners in lotteries of $254.2 million, $336.4 million, and $121.6 million.
The victor has chosen to remain anonymous.
The commission said the victor "marvels at how every decision made that day brought the victor to the store, at that very moment" to buy the winning ticket. S. history, according to a statement by South Carolina Education Lottery Commission. That's because Patel gets a $50,000 payment for selling the winning ticket - something he wouldn't have gotten if the prize went unclaimed.
He'll spend the money on renovations he's already made to that store and to other convenience stores he owns.
For months, SC residents had speculated on why the victor hadn't stepped forward.
The statement Monday gave no clue as to why the victor took his or her time to come forward.
The prize being claimed does come with other benefits for the state and the shop that sold it.
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