$1.5 billion Mega Millions South Carolina victor hasn't claimed, deadline

Unclaimed 3 weeks after winning Someone in South Carolina won the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

Unclaimed 3 weeks after winning Someone in South Carolina won the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

The jackpot had been soaring since July, when a group of office workers in California won $543 million.

One winning ticket for the jackpot was sold in Simpsonville, South Carolina, in the northwest part of the state.

The victor of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot has still not come forward to claim the prize.

According to CBS affiliate WLTX in SC, the winning ticket was sold in Simpsonville, and the victor has 180 days to claim the prize.

Once the prize is claimed, the retailer where the ticket was bought will receive $50,000. Their time doesn't run out until April 21. Officials say the winning ticket was sold in SC.

The winning ticket was sold at a KC Mart convenience store in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

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SC lets lottery winners remain anonymous in order to preserve their privacy, but authorities still need to be able to confirm the winner's identity, lottery Chief Operating Officer Tony Cooper, told Fox News.

"Everyone's talking about it", he said.

If the victor doesn't claim the money, it could go back into the game's prize pool or be given to South Carolina's development programs and plans funded by Mega Millions' profits.

The victor does still have plenty of time to come forward.

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.

Along with Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas, South Carolina law allows a victor to stay anonymous if he or she wishes, according to Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

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