This article, $1.5 billion mystery solved: Mega Millions winner comes forward, originally appeared on CBSNews.com
A billion-dollar mystery in South Carolina has been solved. Lottery officials said the winner has come forward to claim the record $1.5 billion jackpot from October. He or she will remain anonymous, a right afforded to the winner by state law.
"The South Carolina Education Lottery Commission is pleased to announce that the winner of the $1.5 billion Jackpot from the October 23, 2018, Mega Millions drawing has come forward and submitted a claim for the underlying prize," the lottery announced Monday. "As allowed by South Carolina law, the winner has elected to remain anonymous and has chosen the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124. This is the largest jackpot payout to a single winner in United States history."
The winner has retained Jason Kurland of Rivkin Radler of New York to provide legal representation and to act as spokesperson, according to CBS affiliate WLTX-TV.