Mega Millions Claimed Finally as Winner of $1.5bn puts it down to Act of Kindness
The record-breaking $1.5bn jackpot winner has finally come forward. The lucky winner of the Mega Millions claimed it was all down to an act of kindness though.
They accepted their record Mega Millions jackpot as a one-off payment of $877,784,124, the largest amount paid to a single winner in US history. The Mega Millions winner has hired New York self-proclaimed “lottery lawyer” Jason Kurland to represent them and speak on their behalf.
Act of Kindness
The jackpot-winning ticket was sold at a KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina. It’s been revealed that the lucky winner allowed another customer to make a ticket purchase ahead of them. But for that act of kindness, they’d never have purchased the winning ticket.
The winning numbers in the October 23 draw were 05-28-62-65-70 and the Mega Ball 05. C.J. Patel, who owns the store will receive a $50,000 commission for selling the winning ticket. He’s already spent that on paying off his bills.
Hogan Brown, who is the South Carolina Education Lottery Commission’s executive director, is delighted the winner of the “remarkable prize” is a South Carolinian. The state has been taking part in the Mega Millions draw for the past eight years, but this is their first jackpot winner.
The record Mega Millions jackpot will see the South Carolina Education Lottery receiving $60m. $10-15m of that will be spent on education in the state.
Claimed at Last
The claiming of the record Mega Millions win ends months of speculation. There’d been rumours aplenty with some believing the winner had either died, lost their ticket or accidentally put it in a washing machine.
Simpsonville Mayor Janice Curtis believes the winner may be someone who lives in Simpsonville and works locally. “I think it’s great that someone works in that capacity and they’re going to be experiencing something that only the majority of us can dream of,” the Mayor commented. She added that the whole community is “absolutely thrilled” for the winner.