Victor of record $1.5B lottery drawing comes forward

WINNER! South Carolina's $1.5B lottery winner finally steps forward

WINNER! South Carolina's $1.5B lottery winner finally steps forward

The victor of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot has come forward and submitted a claim for the prize, according to a news release from the South Carolina Education Lottery. The total jackpot is the largest ever to a single victor in USA history. A judge later ruled that she could stay anonymous. Brown further added, "We respect the winner's decision to remain anonymous, and we will honor the winner's wishes". The commission said the victor allowed a fellow customer to cut in line and make a Mega Millions lottery ticket purchase at the store.

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.

How long would you wait to claim the winning lottery ticket for a $1.5 billion jackpot?

In South Carolina, state lawmakers have appropriated more than US$5.4 billion in lottery proceeds for education since its inception there in 2002. And it was a SC resident who scooped the giant prize.

The victor took the cash option, a one-time payment of almost $878,000,000. In 2016, three winning tickets were sold for a Powerball drawing worth almost $1.6 billion.

He or she waited for too many days prompting intense speculation on social media about what the victor might be up to, or if the person knows that he/ she had bought the winning ticket or what if the ticket is lost and so many more. The victor had 180 days, or until April 21, to claim the winnings.

The only eight states that allow lottery winners to remain anonymous are Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas.

The state's lottery commission announced Monday that the person had stepped forward, ending questions about why, five months after the winning numbers were announced, no one had claimed the money. It was the first time SC sold a winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket, The State reported.

The winning ticket was purchased between October 20 and 23 in Simpsonville, South Carolina, and, the identity of the victor has been the focus of growing speculation.

Minnesota is one state where lottery winners must be identified.

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