The $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot victor has not claimed the prize

Andrew Cummings
November 15, 2018

Three weeks after one ticket earned the record-breaking $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot, lottery officials are still waiting for a victor to come forward, WLTX reports.

Once the prize is claimed, the retailer where the ticket was bought will receive $50,000.

The numbers drawn on October 23 were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5.

SC is one of eight states where winners can remain anonymous.

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The victor has 180 days since the day the ticket was purchased to come forward to claim the prize.

The ticket, sold at the KC Mart, matched all six numbers, defying the 1 in 302.5 million odds to win the near-record prize.

The owner of the convenience store CJ Patel said last month that he had no idea who bought the winning ticket. The annuity, however, will get them the entire $1.537 billion jackpot in smaller payments over the next 30 years, with each being 5 percent larger than the last.

Sometimes jackpot winners never claim their prizes.

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

It's been almost three weeks since that drawing and lottery officials said the victor (s) have not yet come forward.

Tony Cooper, the chief operating officer with the South Carolina Education Lottery, suggested that the victor sign the back of the lottery ticket, keep it in a safe location and reach out to a reliable financial advisor, according to ABC News. But the ticket owner has still not come forward to claim the prize some three weeks later.

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