Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

$1.5B Mega Millions jackpot is still unclaimed 3 weeks after drawing

$1.5B Mega Millions jackpot is still unclaimed 3 weeks after drawing

It has been 22 days since someone won the $1.5 billion Mega Million jackpot, and lottery officials are still wondering who the victor is.

SC is one of eight states where winners can remain anonymous.

A victor has 180 days, or about six months, to claim their prize, giving the ticket-buyer until April 21 to officially become America's newest billionaire.

The winning numbers for the October 23 drawing were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70, and Mega Ball 5. Their time doesn't run out until April 21, 2019.

Seth Elkin, a spokesman for Maryland Lottery and Gaming, told ABC News on Tuesday that the identity of the person who bought the ticket at a KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina, was still a mystery.

If the jackpot goes unclaimed, each participating state will get back all the money it contributed.

Sometimes jackpot winners never claim their prizes.

SC allows lottery winners to remain anonymous after conducting a thorough investigation to confirm their identity, lottery Chief Operating Officer Tony Cooper said.

The lottery, however, does not know if the victor took that advice or why no one has spoken up.

Shortly following the drawing, they urged the potential victor to sign the ticket, put it in a safe location and seek council from a financial planner or lawyer.

He said he planned to distribute some of the $50,000 winnings he got for selling the ticket to his staff.

The victor does still have plenty of time to come forward.

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