Victor of Mega Millions' record $1.5 billion jackpot still hasn't claimed prize

Unclaimed 3 weeks after winning Someone in South Carolina won the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

Unclaimed 3 weeks after winning Someone in South Carolina won the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

A jackpot worth over $1.6 billion (Ksh.160 billion) still remains unclaimed three weeks after the draw.

If the victor never comes forward, each participating state in the Mega Millions game gets back all the money that their state contributed.

The winning numbers - 5, 28, 62, 65 and 70, with a Mega Ball of 5 - were announced October 23, but the victor remains a mystery.

South Carolina's WLTX reported that the winning ticket was sold in the town of Simpsonville.

In late October, the winning ticket was purchased at KC Mart #7 in Simpsonville, South Carolina, making it the state's first Mega Millions jackpot win, according to lottery officials.

Even so, the victor must still come forward to claim the prize.

One extremely lucky person overcame 302.5 million to one odds last month to win Mega Millions' record $1.5 billion jackpot. Their time doesn't run out until April 21.

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Although lottery officials urge winners to put the ticket in a safe place and consult legal and financial advice, it's been three weeks since the numbers were drawn.

If the victor never claims the prize, all the money will go back to each state that participates in the Mega Millions lottery.

"Our message to the $1.5 BILLION #Mega Millions jackpot victor: Sign the back of the ticket, place the ticket in a safe location, speak with a trusted advisor and CALL THE LOTTERY at 1-866-736-9819".

The lucky victor can choose to receive a lump sum of $878 million or $1.537 billion in installments over 30 years.

He said he planned to distribute some of the $50,000 winnings he got for selling the ticket to his staff.

SC only grants the victor 180 days from the time the ticket was purchased to collect their earnings.

The victor does still have plenty of time to come forward.

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