A jackpot worth over $1.6 billion (Ksh.160 billion) still remains unclaimed three weeks after the draw. Unclaimed lottery prizes are used for different purposes by each state.
The winning numbers for the October 23 drawing were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70, and Mega Ball 5.
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.
Lottery officials confirmed that a ticket purchased at the KC Mart #7 on Lee Vaughn Road in Simpsonville, South Carolina, matched all six numbers in the October 23 drawing.
That's because the victor has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize, she said.
The South Carolina Education Lottery advises the victor to place the ticket in a safe location and speak with a trusted financial adviser. Their time doesn't run out until April 21, 2019.
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But even if that were to happen, Alabama could quickly redeem itself by beating Georgia to win the SEC on championship weekend. The game will be played at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. and be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
SC doesn't require lottery winners to identify themselves.
Tony Cooper, the chief operating officer with the South Carolina Education Lottery, suggested that the victor sign the back of the lottery ticket, keep it in a safe location and reach out to a reliable financial advisor, according to ABC News. In 2002, a Mega Millions windfall worth $63 million went unclaimed in NY.
He said he planned to distribute some of the $50,000 winnings he got for selling the ticket to his staff.
The victor can choose a lump-sum payment of $878 million, or $1.537 billion in taxed annual payments over 30 years.