4 months later, mystery and rumors surround Mega Millions $1.5 billion jackpot
Four months after South Carolina's first Mega Millions jackpot win, the staggering $1.5 billion prize remains unclaimed.
That leaves two months until the six-month deadline to cash in the winning lottery ticket and more time to speculate on what's taking the person so long to collect their winnings.
The winning ticket for the Oct. 23 drawing was sold at Simpsonville's KC Mart #7, and signs in the store window proclaim, We sold a Mega Millions ticket worth... $1.5 billion.
Still, myster ...
Feb 23, 2019, 8:16 pm - Lottery News forum
South Carolina lottery winner where are you? $1.5B still unclaimed, and clock is ticking
David Stevenson, a CPA in South Carolina, says he can't think of a good reason why whoever bought an enormous lottery ticket in tiny Simpsonville hasn't cashed in.
The Mega Millions ticket worth more than $1.5 billion was purchased in October. It will be worthless in about two months if no one comes forward to claim the cash.
I could understand there might have been tax advantages to wait until 2019, Stevenson said Thursday. But I see no purpose in waiting now. Honestly, I think it's lost ...
Feb 17, 2019, 10:53 am - Lottery News forum
SC officials getting nervous that $1.5 billion Mega Millions winner won't claim prize
Here's how a big money winner could end up being a bit of a money loser for South Carolina.
If in a few weeks no one claims a lottery ticket worth $1.5 billion sold in the Upstate, Palmetto State lawmakers may have less money to spend in the coming fiscal year.
The state expects to collect $61 million in income taxes as its share of the Mega Millions jackpot if the winner opts to take the money as a lump sum.
The winner still has three months to turn over the ticket to state lottery of ...
Jan 23, 2019, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
$1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot won by 1 ticket sold in South Carolina
The first lottery billionaire
By Todd Northrop
What was billed as the largest lottery jackpot the world has ever seen has been won Tuesday night by a single lottery ticket sold in South Carolina.
It turns out the final number was just a bit shy of the record: $1.537 billion.
The public has been electrified this week by the meteoric Mega Millions lottery jackpot, first hitting $1 billion Friday, and then rising to $1.6 billion for Tuesday night's historic drawing.
The winner of the ...
Oct 24, 2018, 7:44 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. woman wins $250,000 on wrong lottery ticket — and is giving it away
A South Carolina woman showed some kindness when a convenience store clerk sold her a lottery ticket that was different than the one she asked for, but bought the ticket anyway.
She was rewarded. The wrong ticket turned out to be the right one, and the Greenville woman won $250,000, according to the South Carolina Education Lottery.
The unnamed woman purchased the winning ticket at the Red Robin Foods on Woodruff Rd. in Greenville County.
It was a long-shot jackpot, as the unidentified ...
Jul 17, 2018, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
SC lottery error prompts class-action lawsuit
It was Christmas Day in South Carolina and plenty of people were feeling lucky. For just $1, they could buy a ticket for Holiday Cash Add-A-Play at their local convenience store. The ticket looked a bit like a tic-tac-toe game: get three Christmas trees in a row on a nine-space grid and you won, maybe 2 or 20 bucks. Get all nine Christmas trees to fill the grid entirely and you won the $500 jackpot. The odds of that happening were 1 in 4,800.
But something amazing started happening at exactly ...
Jun 2, 2018, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
South Carolina Lottery says no prize for 71,000 'winning' tickets
The South Carolina Education Lottery says players who thought they won $500 from a December 2017 game, will not receive their winnings.
Lottery officials announced in a press release Wednesday that anyone who purchased a Holiday Cash Add A Play ticket on December 25, 2017 between 5:51 p.m. until the close of the game at 7:53 p.m. that depicted nine tree symbols will receive a refund for the ticket. Those ticket holders will not receive the winnings because officials say the tickets were erron ...
May 30, 2018, 6:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery tickets will not be sold in South Carolina for more than 12 hours this weekend
You're out of luck if you planned on buying Powerball or Pick 3 tickets in South Carolina on Mother's Day morning.
Stores will stop selling tickets for computerized lottery games including Mega Millions and Palmetto Cash 5 at 11:45 p.m. Saturday as the state switches to a new contractor's computer system.
Exactly when stores will start selling again is unclear, but it will be sometime Sunday afternoon, more than 12 hours after going dark, state lottery Director Hogan Brown said. The lotte ...
May 10, 2018, 11:02 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. lottery glitch could result in $35 million in prize payouts; NJ firm will investigate
South Carolina lottery officials say a computer glitch that made winners out of everyone who played a holiday game for two hours on Christmas Day could result in a more than $35 million prize payout nearly double the initial estimate.
The S.C. Education Lottery Commission announced the new figure Tuesday at a special meeting called to discuss the ongoing fallout from a programming error.
The mistake had players of the Holiday Cash Add-A-Play game seeing three matching Christmas trees print ...
Jan 23, 2018, 6:00 pm - Lottery News forum
SC Lottery will set aside $19.6 million for potential payouts to cover glitch
The South Carolina lottery will set aside $19.6 million to cover potential claims while it continues to investigate a Christmas Day glitch that affected Holiday Cash Add-A-Play tickets.
The S.C. Education Lottery Commission met behind closed doors Friday and decided to set aside the money for potential payouts while continuing to investigate a programming glitch that produced erroneous tickets on Christmas Day.
The S.C. Education Lottery's computer system vendor, Intralot, experienced a pr ...
Dec 30, 2017, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum