Victor of record $1.5B lottery drawing comes forward

The victor of last year's $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot has come forward to claim their prize.

A statement from the lottery commission said this win goes on record as the second-largest payout in U.S. history.

The victor reportedly chose the cash option, a one-time payment of almost $878 million. The total jackpot is the largest ever to a single victor in USA history.

The winning ticket was sold at a KC Mart convenience store in Simpsonville, South Carolina, and the store will also receive $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Hans Blake, a SC investing expert, told the Greenville News that had the victor claimed their prize in October and picked the $878 million lump sun, that person could have already made more than $5 million off interest.

Winners have to claim the prize within a 180 days, putting the deadline at the end of April.

The South Carolina Education Lottery Commission revealed the winner's good fortune directly followed them having allowed someone else to go ahead of them in the queue to buy a ticket. The State of SC will benefit from $61 million that will be collected in income taxes from the victor.

"A simple act of kindness led to an unbelievable outcome", the commission said.

The newly minted billionaire has chosen to remain anonymous - meaning we'll likely never know their identity.

The commission said the victor marvelled at every decision they made that got them to the right place at the right time to buy the ticket. The State of SC will benefit from $61 million that will be collected in income taxes from the victor.

Inside Edition went to Simpsonville, South Carolina, where the ticket was purchased, to ask around about the mysterious victor. "We couldn't be happier for them and are thrilled they took the time to assemble the right team before coming in to claim".

While the prize may have been claimed, there is still some mystery about just who the victor is.

The prize being claimed does come with other benefits for the state and the shop that sold it.

  • Jon Douglas