Lottery officials on Monday announced that a SC resident had stepped forward to claim the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot from last October - the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history - but elected to remain anonymous.
The unnamed person who bought that ticket reportedly let another customer ahead in line to buy a Mega Millions ticket.
A lottery commission statement says the person submitting the claim for what was the second-largest lottery in U.S. history has chosen to remain anonymous.
It says that is the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history.
The anonymous victor has retained a lawyer, Jason Kurland of Rivkin Radler in NY, to act as their spokesperson.
Kurland even tweeted before the Mega Millions drawing was held, advising the jackpot victor to hire the attorney with the Twitter handle "lottery lawyer".
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"We are delighted that the victor is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize", South Carolina Lottery's executive director Hogan Brown said. The State of SC will benefit from $61 million that will be collected in income taxes from the victor. Taxpayers in the state may get a US$50 (NZ$73) rebate as a result of the win, the newspaper said.
The victor, perhaps not surprisingly, has opted to stay anonymous.
As the Associated Press reports, until now there was a great deal of speculation about why the victor had not yet claimed the prize, ranging from suspicions that he or she was a fugitive from the law, dead, or tied up in litigation.
The long delay for the victor to step forward for the SC prize had stoked months of speculation: had the ticker purchaser died? Others speculated that the winning ticket had been purchased by an office pool and was now the subject of litigation.
Kurland will act as the winner's spokesperson, according to the lottery news release, and could be in Columbia, S.C., for an upcoming news conference. If it had gone unclaimed, the money would have gone back to the 44 states where the tickets were purchased.
"I'm glad the money stays in SC".