SIMPSONVILLE, SC (WCBD) – It’s official — a winning Mega Millions ticket worth more than $1.5 billion was sold at a convenience store in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
Officials with the South Carolina Education Lottery held a press conference from the winning location to make the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
Tony Cooper, the South Carolina Education Lottery’s chief operating officer met with CJ Patel, owner of KC Mart #7 (303 Lee Vaughn Rd.) before media outlets to celebrate the news.
“It is a big, beautiful day and a lucky day for one ticket owner,” said Cooper. “We don’t know at this point whether it is one person or a group of individuals – or anything about the identity of the player.”
The location which sold the winning ticket will receive $50,000 when the ticket is presented.
“We are so glad to be here, it’s good attention and good for the community,” said Patel. “Hopefully the winner spends their money locally and does some good for the community.”
About the winning ticket, Cooper said, “We know the time, date and when it was purchased – but for security reasons we do not release that information until after the winning ticket is claimed and validated.”
The winner will have 180 days from the date they purchased the ticket to claim their winnings.
“In South Carolina, we tell people how to play responsibly but we also want to communicate to people how to win responsibly,” Cooper said. “So, if the winner is out there listening to us… take a deep breath, put that winning ticket in a secure location and consult with a trusted advisor, legal advisor, trusted financial advisor and sign the back of that ticket.”
Cooper says the person who signs the back of that ticket will be the person who can claim the winnings.
In South Carolina the winner can remain anonymous.
Lottery officials say the ticket matched all six numbers drawn (5 – 28 – 62 – 65 – 70 – Megaball 5) to win the Mega Millions jackpot Tuesday night. It’s just shy of the largest jackpot won in the nation.