$1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot remains unclaimed three weeks later

Lloyd Doyle
November 15, 2018

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.

A man buying a ticket for the Mega Millions lottery after the jackpot exceeded $1.6 billion in New York City. Winning numbers will be drawn every Tuesday and Friday night at 11 ET until another winning ticket has been sold.

Lottery officials confirmed that a ticket purchased at the KC Mart #7 on Lee Vaughn Road in Simpsonville matched all six numbers in the October 23 drawing. Their time doesn't run out until April 21, 2019.

The victor has 180 days from when the ticket was purchased to claim the prize. Each state can use its unclaimed lottery prizes differently, according to the Mega Millions website.

Jee Patel, the manager of the store that sold the winning lotto ticket, told Fox News that "lotto tourists" stop in daily to take pictures of the place. He estimated between 10 to 15 visitors a day.

The lucky victor can choose to receive a lump sum of $878 million or $1.537 billion in installments over 30 years.

SC only grants the victor 180 days from the time the ticket was purchased to collect their earnings.

The lottery, however, does not know if the victor took that advice or why no one has spoken up.

After the monumental win, the lottery urged the potential victor to sign the ticket, drop it in a safe and get financial advice from a planner or lawyer.

If the victor doesn't claim the money, it could go back into the game's prize pool or be given to South Carolina's development programs and plans funded by Mega Millions' profits.

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