The $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot winner has not claimed the prize

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

Posted: Nov 15, 2018 9:34 AM
Updated: Nov 15, 2018 9:34 AM

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

The winning numbers -- 5, 28, 62, 65 and 70, with a Mega Ball of 5 -- were announced October 23, but the winner remains a mystery.

Amusements and gaming

Leisure and lifestyle

Lotteries

The winning ticket was sold at a KC Mart convenience store in Simpsonville, South Carolina. It was the largest US jackpot won by a single ticket and the nation's second-largest jackpot ever.

"They still have over 100 days to come forward," Holli Armstrong, a South Carolina Education Lottery spokeswoman, told CNN on Wednesday.

That's because the winner has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize, she said. In doing so, the new billionaire could remain anonymous.

"The winner has an option on the claim form to check 'yes' or 'no' for publicity," Armstrong said. "If the winner declines publicity, we respect their wishes and do not release their name."

Though surprised that no one has shown yet up to claim the money, Armstrong said people often take their time to come forward.

"We don't speculate why they haven't come forward. The winner should know how they will handle the money accordingly, so is not uncommon they take their time to claim it," she said.

And this will be a lot of money to handle. The winner can pick between a one-time cash option of $878 million, before taxes, or the full $1.5 billion, before taxes, paid in annuities over 29 years.

"We encourage the winner, whoever they are, to sign the back of their ticket, put it in a safe place and speak to someone they trust for guidance before claiming the money," Armstrong said.

It's very likely the person who won will come forward, she said. But if not, the money will go to a great cause.

"The funds are returned to the states that sell Mega Millions tickets," Armstrong said. "In South Carolina, the unclaimed prize money goes into an unclaimed prize fund that supports education."

Billions of dollars in lottery prizes each year go unclaimed, lottery expert Brett Jacobson said, but the big winners almost always collect their money.

Terre Haute
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 72°
Robinson
Scattered Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 70°
Indianapolis
Broken Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 76°
Rockville
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 68°
Casey
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 73°
Brazil
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 72°
Marshall
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 72°
Partly cloudy with AM patchy fog.
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Confirmed Cases: 199893

Reported Deaths: 7881
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Cook1130444934
Lake12939449
DuPage12511522
Kane9948305
Will9486346
St. Clair4155162
Winnebago3806131
McHenry3279114
Madison277778
Kankakee180769
Rock Island178438
Peoria171736
Champaign170919
Kendall141223
Unassigned1395209
Sangamon132333
DeKalb95631
LaSalle82525
Boone77023
Jackson74020
McLean68615
Macon67823
Tazewell5818
Adams5806
Coles52021
Randolph4867
Williamson4547
Ogle4205
Clinton41917
Whiteside36717
Grundy3435
Stephenson3356
Monroe33213
Union33023
Knox3241
Jefferson30420
Morgan2866
Iroquois26912
Henry2621
Vermilion2492
Bureau2413
Cass23811
Macoupin2003
Franklin1981
Warren1940
Lee1861
Perry1853
Effingham1831
Montgomery1747
Woodford1703
Marion1690
Logan1661
McDonough14715
Christian1444
Saline1342
Jo Daviess1331
Livingston1303
Douglas1293
Jersey1222
Pulaski971
Moultrie930
Shelby901
Clark872
Mercer774
White720
Fayette713
Johnson700
Hancock681
Washington670
Greene660
Wayne662
Bond643
Carroll644
Piatt640
Jasper597
Menard580
Cumberland573
Mason570
Gallatin512
Lawrence510
Ford502
Massac420
Wabash420
Alexander370
Fulton370
De Witt340
Hamilton300
Crawford290
Edgar290
Marshall280
Clay270
Scott270
Pike260
Edwards240
Richland220
Schuyler190
Hardin180
Brown150
Henderson140
Putnam140
Calhoun110
Pope110
Stark70
Out of IL00

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Confirmed Cases: 76522

Reported Deaths: 3086
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion16194731
Lake7742281
Elkhart495586
Allen4040163
St. Joseph361083
Hamilton2887104
Vanderburgh205313
Hendricks1943108
Cass18069
Johnson1794119
Porter136239
Clark130750
Tippecanoe124511
Madison103066
LaPorte93530
Howard92065
Kosciusko87212
Floyd82249
Bartholomew82147
Marshall79423
Monroe76732
Delaware76052
Vigo71411
Dubois71312
Boone69746
Noble69029
Hancock68839
Jackson5975
Warrick58830
Shelby56828
LaGrange56610
Grant53130
Dearborn51628
Morgan48934
Clinton4504
Henry41820
Wayne38810
White37711
Montgomery36021
Lawrence35727
Harrison35224
Decatur34232
Putnam3218
Daviess27920
Miami2772
Scott27310
Jasper2572
Greene25434
Franklin24715
DeKalb2384
Gibson2334
Jennings22812
Steuben2153
Ripley2138
Carroll2003
Fayette1957
Perry18713
Posey1800
Starke1807
Orange17824
Wells1782
Fulton1732
Wabash1715
Jefferson1662
Knox1640
Whitley1566
Tipton14912
Washington1441
Sullivan1411
Spencer1393
Clay1315
Huntington1273
Randolph1274
Newton12110
Adams1172
Owen1051
Jay920
Rush894
Pulaski821
Fountain762
Brown752
Blackford662
Ohio656
Benton640
Pike620
Vermillion590
Parke551
Switzerland530
Martin500
Crawford450
Union410
Warren241
Unassigned0208