$1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot sold in SC still unclaimed

Gladys Abbott
November 15, 2018

Three weeks after one ticket earned the record-breaking $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot, lottery officials are still waiting for a victor to come forward, WLTX reports.

The ticket's numbers matched all six numbers drawn (5-28-62-65-70 and the Megaball 5), however, the owner still hasn't claimed the prize three weeks later.

SC is one of eight states where winners can remain anonymous.

In late October, the winning ticket was purchased at KC Mart #7 in Simpsonville, South Carolina, making it the state's first Mega Millions jackpot win, according to lottery officials.

One extremely lucky person overcame 302.5 million to one odds last month to win Mega Millions' record $1.5 billion jackpot. The winner's time runs out on April 21.

The current Mega Millions jackpot is worth $106 million.

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According to CBS affiliate WLTX in SC, the winning ticket was sold in Simpsonville, and the victor has 180 days to claim the prize. Officials say the winning ticket was sold in SC.

There were several other big winners who fell one number short of the jackpot as well.

If the jackpot goes unclaimed, each participating state will get back all the money it contributed.

Jee Patel, the manager of the store that sold the winning lotto ticket, told Fox News that "lotto tourists" stop in daily to take pictures of the place.

SC is one of several states to let lottery winners withhold their names from the public, so there's no guarantee the identity in this case will be released.

Tony Cooper, the chief operating officer with the South Carolina Education Lottery, suggested that the victor sign the back of the lottery ticket, keep it in a safe location and reach out to a reliable financial advisor, according to ABC News.

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