An Anonymous Lottery Winner
Not everyone in the US is lucky enough to be able to be an anonymous lottery winner when they scoop up a huge lottery jackpot. Luckily this winner is from South Carolina, one of the few states where lottery winners can remain anonymous and out of the spotlight.
The Anonymous Lottery Winner
The woman in this story was just an ordinary woman from Simpsonville, South Carolina.
She was driving along on a cool October day when she spotted a sign announcing that the Mega Millions jackpot was at an incredible $1.5 billion. She pulled up at KC Mart #7 in a rural part of a town outside Greenville and decided to buy a ticket. Despite buying the ticket she was certain she wouldn’t walk away with the jackpot, perhaps just a smaller win.
Jason Kurland, her attorney, said that when she checked her ticket in the morning she was in complete shock and utter disbelief. She stood in stunned silence for what felt like hours before she started jumping around with screams of joy. Kurland helps many big lottery winners to sort out their plans, alongside financial advisors and accountants, however, he says none of his clients have ever taken home this much. She won such a large amount that her bank had to be notified!
Mega Millions Jackpot Winner
The lucky lady took some time to claim her prize and decided, wisely, to remain an anonymous lottery winner. Her lump sum payout came to $878 million after tax and deductions; one of the largest single winner payouts ever.
“Words can’t describe the feeling of such incredible luck,” the winner said in the statement. “I do realize that such good fortune carries a tremendous social responsibility, and it gives me a unique opportunity to assist, support and contribute to charities and causes that are close to my heart.”
Whilst we will never know the woman’s identity, we do know that her plans are very philanthropic. She has said that the following organisations will benefit from her win:
- Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Columbia
- Red Cross Alabama Region’s tornado relief fund,
- Simpsonville’s art center
- One S.C. Fund for Hurricane Florence relief
- In the Middle, a charity for breast cancer survivors
State Lottery Commission Comments
Hogan Brown, the state lottery commission’s executive director has said, “We respect the winner’s decision to remain anonymous, and we will honour the winner’s wishes.”
This newly minted nearly-billionaire is lucky that she was able to be stay an anonymous lottery winner. Another woman in New Hampshire had to take the state to court in order to get the same. Keeping your identity under wraps isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, some enjoy the limelight; but we think perhaps it’s better to quietly and wisely enjoy your wins.
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