After three weeks, still no claim for $1.5B Mega Millions jackpot

Ivan Schwartz
November 15, 2018

If the victor of the October 23 $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot doesn't step forward in the next few months, every state that participated could get a piece of the pie.

If no one has come forward then each participating state in the Mega Millions game gets back all the money that their state contributed.

So-called lotto tourists stop by daily at the KC Mart where the winning ticket was sold to take pictures, the store's manager, Jee Patel, told Fox News.

One extremely lucky person overcame 302.5 million to one odds last month to win Mega Millions' record $1.5 billion jackpot.

Lottery officials confirmed that a ticket purchased at the KC Mart #7 on Lee Vaughn Road in Simpsonville matched all six numbers in the October 23 drawing. The winner's time runs out on April 21.

"Eight were in California, four each in Florida and NY, two each in Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia, and one each in Arizona, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin", according to the Mega Millions website.

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He said he planned to distribute some of the $50,000 winnings he got for selling the ticket to his staff.

The victor will have 180 days since the drawing to claim the prize, according to game rules.

The lottery, however, does not know if the victor took that advice or why no one has spoken up.

SC allows lottery winners to remain anonymous after conducting a thorough investigation to confirm their identity, lottery Chief Operating Officer Tony Cooper said.

If the victor never claims the prize, all the money will go back to each state that participates in the Mega Millions lottery.

Tony Cooper, the chief operating officer with the South Carolina Education Lottery, advised the victor to sign the back of the lottery ticket, keep it in a safe place and seek a reliable financial advisor.

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