Victor claims $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot in SC

The lottery commission's statement gave no clue as to why the victor took his or her time to come forward.

The commission said the victor marvelled at every decision they made that got them to the right place at the right time to buy the ticket.

The winning ticket was purchased between October 20 and 23 in Simpsonville, South Carolina, and, the identity of the victor has been the focus of growing speculation.

The victor has chosen to remain anonymous. "The victor reportedly allowed another Mega Millions player to go ahead of him at the KC Mart on Lee Vaughn Road in Simpsonville before purchasing that winning quick-pick ticket", reports Fox News Carolina. S. history, according to a statement by South Carolina Education Lottery Commission.

The victorious player has opted not to be publicly identified, with lottery officials describing the victor only as a "South Carolinian".

Getty The $1.6 billion Mega Millions prize is the largest lottery prize in USA history. When asked why he thinks the victor took so long to come forward, Patel said: "That's a lot of money to manage".

The long delay for the victor to step forward for the SC prize had stoked months of speculation: had the ticker purchaser died?

Some theorized that the victor was on the run from police and feared a background check if he or she won.

Others speculated the winning ticket had been purchased by an office pool and was now the subject of litigation.

The victor had until April 19 to claim the prize.

If the money hadn't been claimed, it would have been divided among all 44 states that take part in the Mega Millions contest, the newspaper said. "We couldn't be happier for them and are thrilled they took the time to assemble the right team before coming in to claim".

The prize being claimed does come with other benefits for the state and the shop that sold it.

The anonymous victor won $1.2 billion in the MegaMillions jackpot. Taxpayers in the state may get a US$50 (NZ$73) rebate as a result of the win, the newspaper said.