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CJ Patel, owner of the KC Mart in Simpsonville, says the record-breaking Mega Millions prize isn't the first big winning lottery ticket he's sold.
     Haley Walters, The Greenville News

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The winner of the $ 1.5 trillion Mega Millions jackpot has been identified as "she," but still remains anonymous, according to a press release from her attorney.

The anonymous winner is a South Carolinian who was visiting Greenville When she went to KC Mart in Simpsonville, she took a "scenic drive during some down time". She decided to buy a ticket there after the sign advertising the huge jackpot "caught her eye," the release said.

When she realized she was the winner the morning after the drawing, "complete shock and disbelief" set in and she jumped in joy, the release said.

Her prize, which she has taken as a one-time payment of $ 877,784,124, is the largest ever won by a single person.

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After drawing the ticket in Simpsonville last October, it wasn't until a few weeks ago that the winner claimed her prize, sparking widespread speculation about why a winner hadn't come forward. According to the release, the anonymous woman was researching how to remain anonymous and manage her sudden influx of cash.

She is donating some of her winnings to the city of Simpsonville Arts Center, among other charities to show her appreciation to South Carolina and Simpsonville, according to the release. The others include:

  • Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Columbia
  • One S.C. Fund – for Hurricane Florence Relief
  • In The Middle, Columbia.
  • American Red Cross Alabama Region – Tornado Relief Fund.

"I do realize that such good fortune carries a tremendous social responsibility, and it gives me a Unique opportunity to assist, support and contribute to charities and causes that are close to my heart, ”the winner said.

The owner of the KC Mart is also a winner, getting a $ 50,000 bonus after the winning ticket was claimed. 19659005] The anonymous winner is represented by New York attorney Jason Kurland, who specializes in lottery winning, according to his firm's website

Contributing: The Associated Press

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