Over 3 months ago, the largest jackpot lottery ticket in Carolinas’ history was sold to someone about an hour south of Charlotte, and time is now running out to claim the prize.
According to officials, the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot ($1.537 billion in 30 annuity payments or a cash sum of almost $878 million) ticket was sold at the Circle K gas station on Garners Ferry Rd, Columbia, SC.
The winner’s identity was not revealed, and may never be known, as South Carolina is one of the only states in the country that allows lottery jackpot winners to remain anonymous.
The winning numbers of 5-28-62-65-70 and Mega Ball 5 were originally announced on Oct. 23, and according to the Mega Millions website, the owner of the ticket has 180 days to collect the prize.
180 days after Oct. 23rd is Sunday, April 21, 2019, but since the lottery claims center is only open Monday-Friday, the last possible date the money can be claimed is April 19th, 2019.
If the ticket is not redeemed, South Carolina will get back all the money that it contributed to the unclaimed jackpot.
If you know who has the ticket, or if you stumble across it on some random street corner, the winning ticket can be presented at the lottery’s claims center on Assembly Street in Columbia, SC, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5 pm.