Even though the winner of the $1.5 billion dollar Mega Millions jackpot has decided to remain anonymous, we are learning more about led up to the winning purchase and what she plans to do with the money.

Last October, the record breaking Mega Millions jackpot captivated the nation. Millions of people, including everyone in the Upstate held their breath as the winning numbers were revealed and we learned the ticket was sold in Simpsonville.

On Thursday, a representative for the winner released a written statement through officials of the South Carolina Education Lottery. According to the statement, the South Carolinian was in town visiting when she decided to go on a scenic drive.

“As fate would have it, her drive took her past the KC Mart, where the signs showing the incredibly large jackpot caught her eye. She decided to take a chance and purchase a ticket, never once thinking she had the slightest chance to win. After checking her ticket the morning after the drawing, she was in complete shock and disbelief. She stared motionless at the ticket for what felt like hours, then came the jumping and screams of joy.”

According to the press release, the winner spent time researching experienced professionals to help preserve her anonymity and manage her newfound wealth. “Words can’t describe the feeling of such incredible luck,” the winner said. “I do realize that such good fortune carries a tremendous social responsibility.”

It is reported she is making donations to the following charities: 

  • Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Columbia, SC
  • One SC Fund – for Hurricane Florence Relief
  • In The Middle, Columbia, SC
  • City of Simpsonville Art Center
  • American Red Cross Alabama Region ‐ Tornado Relief Fund

The winner chose the one-time payment cash option, making their prize for the October 23, 2018 drawing worth $877,784,124.

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