South Carolina lottery winner donates to Alabama tornado victims

Elias Hubbard
March 15, 2019

But Thursday, she provided more details about why she waited so long to claim the winnings in a press release from her attorney, which was shared by the S.C. Lottery.

An earlier statement from the lottery said the woman had the lottery computer pick her numbers and let someone go in front of her in line to buy their tickets.

Her exact identity remains a mystery, but the victor of the massive $1.5 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot has broken her silence, WPVI reports. After checking her ticket the morning after the drawing, she was in complete shock and disbelief.

Last October, the record breaking Mega Millions jackpot captivated the nation.

The victor of South Carolina's $1.5 Billion Mega Millions jackpot has made a decision to remain anonymous, but lawyers revealed Thursday the victor is a woman who was simply visiting the area.

The victor, a SC woman who chose to remain anonymous, selected the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124.

"Words can't describe the feeling of such incredible luck", the victor said. Friends, family, bogus charities and con men - they all come around when a prize becomes public. Kurland said. He declined to provide any other descriptions of the victor. She is going to donate to charities, including the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Columbia; One SC Fund - for Hurricane Florence Relief; In The Middle, Columbia; the City of Simpsonville Art Center; and American Red Cross Alabama Region - Tornado Relief Fund, according to the news release.

Kurland helps big lottery jackpot winners think through their plans with financial advisers and accountants. The next closest is about half, at $330 million.

Still, like anyone else, the victor said she was absolutely shocked when she realized she won the money.

In South Carolina, the ultimate dream was realized. The state's budget plan that just passed the House offers a $50 rebate check to every taxpayer symbolically linked to the estimated $61 million in state income taxes the victor will pay on the jackpot.

The Mega Millions jackpot victor purchased her ticket when she chose to go on a scenic drive during a trip to Greenville, South Carolina, her attorney Jason Kurland said.

Other lottery winners had to fight for the same status. In New Hampshire previous year, a woman who won the lottery took the state to court to keep her identity a secret. A judge later ruled that she could stay anonymous.

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