Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Mega Millions jackpot victor still hasn't claimed $1.5 billion prize

Mega Millions jackpot victor still hasn't claimed $1.5 billion prize

The victor of the history-making $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot has still not come forward, almost three weeks after the October 23 drawing.

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

It matched all six numbers - 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5 - and became South Carolina's first ever Mega Millions jackpot win.

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

The previous record Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million on March 30, 2012, was shared by winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland, while a $648 million jackpot was won in California and Georgia on December 17, 2013.

They have until April 21.

The winning ticket for the October 23 drawing was bought in SC.

Mega Millions lottery entry tickets are seen in New York, Oct. 23, 2018.

The victor has 180 days - until April 21 - to collect the prize, according to Mega Millions' rules.

If the victor never claims the prize, all the money will go back to each state that participates in the Mega Millions lottery. Winning numbers will be drawn every Tuesday and Friday night at 11 ET until another winning ticket has been sold.

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.

"They still have over 100 days to come forward", Holli Armstrong, a South Carolina Education Lottery spokeswoman, told CNN on Wednesday.

Shortly following the drawing, they urged the potential victor to sign the ticket, put it in a safe location and seek council from a financial planner or lawyer.

Along with Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas, South Carolina law allows a victor to stay anonymous if he or she wishes, according to Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

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