06 March, 2019
The state collected $61 million in income taxes from the victor.
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.
"We offer honest congratulations and are very happy that one of our SC retailers, KC Mart in Simpsonville, will receive $50,000 for selling the claimed winning ticket". He or she will remain anonymous, a right afforded to the victor by state law.
According to the victor, on the day they bought the ticket, they let another customer go ahead of them in line to buy a Mega Millions ticket.
And he's got good reason to be happy, because, according to the lottery's rules, the shop that sold the lucky ticket will also scoop a $50,000 (£37,900) prize.
"It's exciting. Good for me, good for him, her, whoever it is", said Chirag Patel, owner of the convenience store.
In South Carolina, state lawmakers have appropriated more than US$5.4 billion in lottery proceeds for education since its inception there in 2002.
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"We are delighted that the victor is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize", Hogan Brown, executive director of the South Carolina Lottery Commission, said.
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 USA history.
"The victor marvels at how every decision made that day brought the victor to the store, at that very moment, to make the Quick Pick Mega Millions lottery ticket purchase".
For months, SC residents had speculated on why the victor hadn't stepped forward. Others speculated that the winning ticket had been purchased by an office pool and was now the subject of litigation.
In the four days leading up to the drawing, about 370 million of the US$2 Mega Millions tickets were sold in 44 US states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.
With the April 19 deadline to claim the jackpot inching closer, there had been mounting speculation about the victor.
"I'm glad the money stays in SC".