The winner behind the $1.5 billion jackpot from the October 23, 2018 Mega Millions drawing has come forward and submitted a claim for the underlying prize.
The winner, who has elected to remain anonymous, chose the one-time payment cash option, making their prize worth $877,784,124. According to a statement from the South Carolina Lottery, it is the largest jackpot payout to a single winner in U. S. history.
Lottery officials say the winner marvels at how every decision made that day brought them to the store to make the Quick Pick Mega Millions lottery ticket purchase. The winner reportedly allowed another customer to go ahead of him at the KC Mart on Lee Vaughn Road in Simpsonville to purchase a Mega Millions ticket before purchasing theirs.
The KC Mart will receive $50,000 for selling the claimed winning ticket and the state of South Carolina will receive $61 million that will be collected in income taxes from the winner.
Hogan Brown, the Commission’s Executive Director, stated, “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.”
The winner has retained Jason Kurland of Rivkin Radler of New York to provide legal representation and to act as spokesperson.