Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

$1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot sold in SC still unclaimed

$1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot sold in SC still unclaimed

It has been 22 days since someone won the $1.5 billion Mega Million jackpot, and lottery officials are still wondering who the victor is. The retailer that sold the ticket gets a $50,000 cut once the prize is claimed.

The ticket's numbers matched all six numbers drawn (5-28-62-65-70 and the Megaball 5), however, the owner still hasn't claimed the prize three weeks later.

The winning ticket, which had the correct combination for the $1.586 billion jackpot, was sold at KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina, where stores receive 1 percent of the value of a winning ticket for any prize over $10,000.

The winning ticket for the October 23 drawing was bought in SC.

The report said that the victor has 180 days to step forward.

The previous record Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million on March 30, 2012, was shared by winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland, while a $648 million jackpot was won in California and Georgia on December 17, 2013.

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SC is one of several states to let lottery winners withhold their names from the public, so there's no guarantee the identity in this case will be released.

There is a 180-day deadline - until April 21 - to cash in the ticket.

If the jackpot is unclaimed, the money will return to the participating states.

"Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment!" the South Carolina Education Lottery tweeted at the time.

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.

If the victor doesn't collect the jackpot - Mega Millions' biggest ever - it could go back into the game's prize pool.

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