They opted to take a cash option one-time payment of almost $878 million, making this the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in United States history.
The player made his own luck in an astonishing twist of fate which landed him the record-breaking prize on the US Quick Pick Mega Millions draw.
According to the lottery release, the store "will receive $50,000 for selling the claimed winning ticket".
South Carolina's newest millionaire sent a lawyer to field questions and collect the winnings, The State reports. The payout is the largest to a single victor in United States history, lottery officials said. He or she will remain anonymous, a right afforded to the victor by state law.
Lottery officials announced Monday that a SC resident has stepped forward to claim the prize but elected to remain anonymous.
Less than 24 hours after news broke that the winning ticket had been sold in South Carolina, Republican political leaders were already arguing over how to spend the money. When asked why he thinks the victor took so long to come forward, Patel said: "That's a lot of money to manage".
Under state law, residents in SC are allowed to claim their prize anonymously, meaning it's possible we will never know who exactly won the prize.
Some theorized that the victor was on the run from police and feared a background check if he or she won.
In the four days leading up to the drawing, about 370 million of the $2 Mega Millions tickets were sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The victor also revealed that, on the day they bought the winning ticket, they had allowed another customer to cut them in line while at the store.
Still, we will always applaud when taxpayer money is taken out of state government's broken bureaucracies and given back to the consumers who power the state's economy. "Obviously, South Carolina will reap the benefits of that", House Ways and Means Chairman Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, told The Post and Courier.