Mega Millions Winner Has Not Claimed Prize

Mega Millions Jackpot is still unclaimed after 3 weeks

Mega Millions Jackpot is still unclaimed after 3 weeks

- It's been almost three weeks since the winning $1.5 billion Mega Millions drawing and SC lottery officials say there's no word on the victor yet, WLTX reports.

The winning numbers for the October 23 drawing were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70, and Mega Ball 5.

SC is one of eight states where winners can remain anonymous.

The jackpot had been soaring since July, when a group of office workers in California won $543 million. The winner's time runs out on April 21.

The winning ticket for the October 23 drawing was bought in SC.

SC affords a victor 180 days to claim a prize, meaning the victor has until April 21 to do so.

Mega Millions lottery entry tickets are seen in New York, Oct. 23, 2018.

The shop's owner, C.J. Patel, will receive $50,000, which is the maximum share of the money that can be received by the owner of a store that sold a winning jackpot ticket.

The lottery, however, does not know if the victor took that advice or why no one has spoken up.

If the jackpot is unclaimed, the money will return to the participating states.

In addition to SC, lottery winners can keep their identities secret in Kansas, Delaware, Maryland, North Dakota and Ohio.

Tony Cooper, the chief operating officer of the South Carolina Education Lottery, told ABC News that the victor should sign the back of the lottery ticket, store it in a safe place, and seek financial advice. The annuity, however, will get them the entire $1.537 billion jackpot in smaller payments over the next 30 years, with each being 5 percent larger than the last. Officials say the winning ticket was sold in SC.

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