The wait is finally over. The record-breaking winner of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot has finally stepped forward. Exactly 132 days after the lucky event, the winner has decided to remain anonymous and chose the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124.
Largest Single Lottery Winner in US History
The winning ticket was purchased on October 23rd at the KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina. The winner has decided to make use of the opportunity to retain anonymity, offered by South Carolina and eight other US states participating in the Mega Millions lottery draw.
Ultimately, the winner had until 5 p.m. on April 19 to claim the prize. Nonetheless, the long delay caused many people to lose hope and speculate as to why the person hadn’t stepped forward: had they died? did they lose the ticket? were they running from justice? Hogan Brown, the South Carolina Education Lottery Commission’s executive director, stated the following:
We are delighted that the winner is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize. We respect the winner’s decision to remain anonymous, and we will honor the winner’s wishes.
According to the South Carolina Education Lottery, the state will receive $61 million in income taxes from the winner. Chirag Patel, the owner of the retailer, KC Mart will be awarded $50,000 for selling the ticket. He said he will spend the money on renovations he’s already made to that store and to other convenience stores he owns.
Patel is most pleased with the circumstances, evident from his statement soon after news hit that the winner had stepped forward with the ticket.
It’s exciting. Good for me, good for him, her, whoever it is.
A Winner’s Luck
While some may describe it as beginner’s luck, the astonishing victory over the record Mega Millions draw is definitely more of the winner’s kind. As they claimed the ticket, the winner emphasized the importance of all their minor decisions that led to this moment. They even allowed a person to go before them when they were next in line for the Quick Pick tickets purchase.
In the words of the lucky player:
A simple act of kindness led to an amazing outcome.
Mega Millions Winner
How to Win Right
Doing it right is just as important as hitting the win. Any major prize is advisable to be taken with caution, and this one even more due to its weight. So far, this Mega Millions ticket win is the largest ever to hit a single player win. It falls slightly below the epic $1.586 billion from a Powerball ticket draw back in January 2016.
Taking all the Necessary Precautions
The winner is said to have contacted a famous New York lottery attorney. His previous experience with other major US jackpot winners largely helped the Mega Millions beneficiary get the most of their prize, from start to finish.
He has provided them with suitable guidance throughout the process – in this case, it led the winner to keep the ticket intact up until their final decision to claim the one-time lump sum of $877,784,124 after gambling taxes.