It's been the most baffling mystery on the Internet but Lottery officials have confirmed that a South Carolina resident has at last stepped forward to claim the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot from last October.
For months, many people have speculated at great length about who the mystery winner could be and each had a theory why the new multimillionaire hadn't come forward to claim the prize.
Some theorized that the ticket was lost for good, some thought that the winner was on the run from the police while others believed the person may have died.
But while some questions have been answered the identity of the winner will still remain a mystery because the winner of the largest jackpot payout to a single winner in US history has elected to remain anonymous.
We do know that the ticket holder has opted to take the cash option, a one-time payment of nearly $878,000,000 and we do know the winning ticket was sold between October 20th and October 23rd of last year at the KC Mart convenience store in Simpsonville, a suburb of the South Carolina city of Greenville.
“We are delighted that the winner is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize,” said Hogan Brown, the commission’s executive director. “We respect the winner’s decision to remain anonymous, and we will honor the winner’s wishes.”
Chirag Patel, owner of the convenience store where the ticket was purchased will receive a $50,000 payment from the lottery, now the prize has been claimed. Mr Patel plans to use the money to renovate the chain of six stores he owns.