The victor, who has elected to remain anonymous, chose the one-time payment cash option, making their prize worth almost $878,000,000. When asked why he thinks the victor took so long to come forward, Patel said: "That's a lot of money to manage".
A statement from the lottery commission said this win goes on record as the second-largest payout in USA history.
The winning ticket was sold at a KC Mart convenience store in Simpsonville, South Carolina, and the store will also receive $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.
For months, SC residents had speculated on why the victor had not stepped forward.
The day after it was announced the winning Mega Millions ticket was sold in Simpsonville, Kurland was soliciting the victor, without knowing who he was talking to. In 2016, three winning tickets were sold for a Powerball drawing worth almost $1.6 billion.More news: You need to forget yourself - Mourinho claims he put Manchester United first
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SC is one of the states where lottery winners can elect to remain anonymous. The victor even allowed a fellow customer to make a Mega Millions lottery ticket purchase in front of the victor while in line at the store. "We respect the winner's decision to remain anonymous, and we will honour the winner's wishes".
The long delay for the victor to step forward for the SC prize had stoked months of speculation: had the ticker purchaser died? Some thought the victor was so overwhelmed at seeing the winning numbers pop up that he or she died on the spot.
Kurland even tweeted before the Mega Millions drawing was held, advising the jackpot victor to hire the attorney with the Twitter handle "lottery lawyer".
"A simple act of kindness led to an unbelievable outcome.", the lottery said. The winning ticket was sold in NY.
The prize being claimed does come with other benefits for the state and the shop that sold it.
A person in the U.S. has won US$1.5 billion, claiming their Mega Millions prize almost 5 months later.