The winner of the largest jackpot in US history
The man who won the Mega Millions jackpot at 1,5 billion dollars, applied for his prize in South Carolina, but preferred to remain anonymous.
Lucky decided to take a one-time cash payment of almost 878 million dollars. As a result, this prize was the largest prize, which was won by one person in US history.
Winning numbers - 5, 28, 62, 65 and 70 with Mega Ball 5 - announced 23 on October 2018 of the year, but until today the winner did not contact with the lottery organizers.
“We are delighted that the winner is a South Carolina man who fully qualifies for this wonderful prize,” said Hogan Brown, executive director of the South Carolina Lottery Commission. "We respect the winner's decision to remain anonymous, and we abide by it."
South Carolina law allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.
The winning ticket was sold at KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina, and the store will also receive a $ 50 000 commission for the sale of a winning ticket.
The winner told the lottery staff that on the day of the lottery ticket purchase, he allowed one buyer to buy a Mega Millions ticket out of turn.
“A simple act of kindness led to an amazing result,” the lottery said in a statement.
After the winning numbers were announced, the winner had only 180 days to claim their rights to win, and the time was running out.
"The State of South Carolina will receive $ 61 million in income tax from the winner," Brown said.
The winner hired a legal representative who will hold a press conference on his behalf after cashing the money next week.
Americans love to buy lottery tickets. On average, an American spends about $ 200 a year to buy lottery tickets, although residents of some states give much more. According to the study LendEDUOn average, a Massachusetts resident spends $ 735 annually on lottery tickets, while spending in Delaware or New York is close to $ 400 per year or $ 33 per month.
According to polls, Americans would react differently to winning a multi-million jackpot:
- 74,8% of respondents would take the entire amount at once, 25,2% would divide the amount into several annual payments;
- 43,4% of respondents would immediately claim a win, 56,6% would wait for some time before receiving a win;
- 80,1% of respondents would consult about options for investing money with a lawyer / accountant / financial advisor, 19,9% would decide the fate of the win;
- 90,7% would prefer to remain anonymous if won, 9,3% would publicly announce a win;
- 48,1% of respondents would have quit their jobs if they won; 51,9% would continue to work.
- 63,6% would hire a financial advisor to manage the money, 36,2% would manage the finances on their own.
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