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

Unclaimed 3 weeks after winning Someone in South Carolina won the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

Unclaimed 3 weeks after winning Someone in South Carolina won the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

But almost three weeks have come and gone since lottery fever swept the nation and the victor has still not come forward to claim their prize.

There is a 180-day deadline - until April 21 - to cash in the ticket.

One winning ticket for the jackpot was sold in Simpsonville, South Carolina, in the northwest part of the state.

That's because the victor has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize, she said.

The winning ticket was sold at the KC Mart #7 in Simpsonville, South Carolina in late October.

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

It matched all six numbers - 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5 - and became South Carolina's first ever Mega Millions jackpot win.

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The owner of the convenience store CJ Patel said last month that he had no idea who bought the winning ticket.

The victor would only become an actual billionaire by taking the prize in annual installments over three decades and hanging on to the bulk of the money. Officials say the winning ticket was sold in SC.

"We have not heard that the victor in SC has come forward", Elkin said.

They have also urged the victor to get in touch with Lottery.

The South Carolina Education Lottery advises the victor to place the ticket in a safe location and speak with a trusted financial adviser.

One Twitter user had a suggestion about what to do with the money in the event the victor never steps forward: "Why doesn't the gov't just pick 25k lotto winners 1.5B/26K=$60K each and save itself the hassle?"

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