Tue, Feb 19, 10:46am by Staff Writer
A lotto player in the United States is a billionaire and they don’t even know it with the winner of a Mega Millions $1.5 billion jackpot draw last October has yet to claim their price, despite a fast approaching deadline.
The anonymous player purchased the ticket at the KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina in October 2018.
The ticket matched all six numbers; 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 5.
The draw was conducted on Tuesday October 23 2018.
There is a six-month period for Mega Millions players in South Carolina to claim their winnings, after which time the ticket becomes obsolete.
This means the own of the winning ticket has until April 21 to come forward.
If the ticket remains unclaimed, Holli Armstrong from South Carolina Education Lottery said the winnings would be returned to its member states.
The multi-jurisdictional lottery game draws players from 44 American states.
South Carolina would receive $11 million of the unclaimed prize money to support education in the event the ticket is not claimed.
The lottery winner won’t be the only one losing out if they don’t claim their prize, with the South Carolina state government and the KC Mart owner eagerly waiting the winner to come forward.
The owner of KC Mart stands to receive $50,000, while South Carolina loses more than $60 million in taxes on the win.
It is not unheard of for lottery prizes to go unclaimed.
According to Casino Buzz, in New York in 2002 and 2007, prizes worth a total of $99 million were unclaimed and expired.
This winning Mega Millions lottery ticket is the largest single jackpot prize in US lotto history.
It eclipses the 2016 Powerball Lottery record jackpot of $1.586 million, but it was split between three players from Florida, California and Tennessee.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot stand at 1 in 302.5 million.
Please explain to me HOW this happens!!!! How do you buy a powerball for one of the, or the, BIGGEST lottery EVER and NOT check your ticket or CLAIM it!! HELP me understand! #WishIHadIt Unclaimed $1.5B Mega Millions jackpot https://t.co/M1fRk4zumv
— Believer (@Faith4Love4Hope) February 15, 2019
Australian lotto draws have a long way to go if they want to match the prize pools on offer in the United States.
Earlier this year a Sydney woman took home more than $100 million after winning the Powerball jackpot.
This win was the biggest individual prize ever won in Australian lotto history.
An official from the Lott called the registered player directly after the draw to break the news.
When confirming the news, the winner initially revealed she thought she had won $107,000.
The regular player, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased her 12-game marked entry online, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
“I’ve had such a tumultuous day, so I don’t know where I am and what I am doing,” the woman said.
“I don’t understand – is this actually? Is this a trick? Oh my God, $107,000! That’s amazing,” she said.
Little did she know that her sum was far bigger than that.
“Wait – are you telling me I’ve won $107 million? Oh my God! That is just so much money,” she said.
The Lott spokesman Matt Hart told Yahoo News they had to honour the winner’s wishes to remain anonymous under a federal privacy act.
He said there was a surprising reach why most Australians chose to remain anonymous, and it’s not because they are worried about being robbed.
“People’s main concern is they don’t want to be viewed differently by friends and family,” Mr Hart said.
“It’s quite an Australian thing. We’re down to earth and people don’t want to be seen as flashy.”
“Winners choose to keep it quiet and it’s quite humble.”
Mr Hart said many winners did not opt to give their name or address, but were happy to share other details including age and occupation.
When asked how she planned to spend her windfall, the winner revealed her family was first and foremost in her mind.
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