There was no trace of the revelry with which Simpsonville (South Carolina, east) celebrated in October that one of its stores had sold the ticket of the 1,537 million dollars (1,360 million euros) prize. But this Monday, four months after the second-largest lottery sambad jackpot in the United States will grab all the headlines of the local press, the mysterious winner has claimed his prize. The curious, however, have been left wanting to know who has been the lucky one who became a millionaire overnight in a rural town of 20,000 inhabitants: he has decided to remain anonymous. All that is known is that he has decided that instead of receiving the amount broken down in installments over 30 years, he has preferred to be immediately given $ 878 million in cash.
The end of this story had many in suspense. And it is that the fate of one affected others: KC Mart, the store that sold the ticket, is entitled to receive $ 50,000, which, after taxes, remain at about 30,000 that CJ Patel, the Indian immigrant who runs for a little over three years the place had advanced that he would share with his four workers. “Finally someone claimed the ticket. Good for him, good for me,” Patel celebrated in an interview with ABC News . “The money has already been spent.”
The winner had until five in the afternoon on April 19 to present the winning ticket. The problem of whether no one appeared were major words for the Government of South Carolina, one of the states with the lowest per capita income in the United States. The governor and the legislators had closed the 2019 budget contemplating the 61 million tax revenue that the prize represents for the public coffers of the place where the prize is awarded. In full despair, they came to consider the elimination of the state budget item. One of the rules of Mega Millions is that the 44 states that participate in the raffle, when they receive the money for having sold the winning ticket, must obligatorily allocate a portion of the proceeds – in this case, 11 million dollars – to education.
South Carolina is one of eight states, along with Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, and Texas, in which the winners of the lottery sambad can remain anonymous, a right exercised by the winner. The Mega Millions prize is the largest that has been awarded to a single winner in history in the US and the second-largest in the world. The lottery sambad company changed the rules of the game in 2017, reducing the winning options to force a jackpot to accumulate, something that usually attracts more customers. The 1,537 million dollars in question were obtained after that for almost three months no one won the winning combination. Until the winner came without a face.