$1.5 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot Is Still Unclaimed 3 Weeks After Drawing

Mae Love
November 15, 2018

The jackpot had been soaring since July, when a group of office workers in California won $543 million.

- It's been almost three weeks since the winning $1.5 billion Mega Millions drawing and SC lottery officials say there's no word on the victor yet, WLTX reports.

SC lets lottery winners remain anonymous in order to preserve their privacy, but authorities still need to be able to confirm the winner's identity, lottery Chief Operating Officer Tony Cooper, told Fox News.

The Oct. 23 drawing produced a jackpot-winning ticket in SC.

The mystery ticketholder who matched all six numbers in the October 23 drawing has 180 days from to come forward. And they do not have forever to do so.

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If the victor doesn't collect the jackpot - Mega Millions' biggest ever - it could go back into the game's prize pool.

SC only grants the victor 180 days from the time the ticket was purchased to collect their earnings. Different states use the money in different ways.

The victor would only become an actual billionaire by taking the prize in annual installments over three decades and hanging on to the bulk of the money.

The South Carolina Education Lottery advises the victor to place the ticket in a safe location and speak with a trusted financial adviser.

The cash option will get them $878 million. The retailer that sold the ticket gets a $50,000 cut once the prize is claimed. In 2002, a Mega Millions windfall worth $63 million went unclaimed in NY. Winning numbers will be drawn every Tuesday and Friday night at 11 ET until another winning ticket has been sold.

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