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Lottery winner plans to share

Lottery winner plans to share

March 15th, 2019 by Associated Press in National News

In this Oct. 24, 2018, file photo, media, at left, record people entering the KC Mart in Simpsonville, S.C., after it was announced the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was purchased at the store. The South Carolina lottery says a single winner has stepped forward to claim the $1.5 billion Jackpot from a drawing last October. A lottery commission statement says the person submitting the claim for what was the second-largest lottery in U.S. history has chosen to remain anonymous. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C.—The South Carolina woman who won $878 million in the biggest jackpot payout to one winner in U.S. history wants to share her windfall with the city and state where her good fortune happened.

The winner still wishes to remain anonymous because she wants to "live a life of relative normalcy, free of fear," she said in a statement issued Thursday by her lawyer, Jason Kurland.

The statement answers some questions about the winner after the South Carolina lottery announced the winning ticket had been claimed 10 days ago. She is a woman, from South Carolina—exactly where wasn't disclosed—and was taking a scenic drive on two-lane state Highway 417 in the Greenville area in late October when the signs advertising the billion-dollar jackpot at the KC Mart in Simpsonville caught her eye.

The woman wouldn't officially claim the winning ticket for 131 days. She took her time researching lawyers and financial planners who could help her stay anonymous and manage her newfound wealth, her statement said.

The jackpot for the Oct. 23 drawing was $1.5 billion if the winner took payments over 30 years. Instead, she chose the lump sum of $878 million.

The winner has already donated money to several charities, including the City of Simpsonville Art Center; the One SC Fund for hurricane relief; the Ronald McDonald House in Columbia; In The Middle, a charity in Columbia helping women undergoing breast cancer treatment; and the Red Cross relief fund for victims of the recent Alabama tornadoes, according to the statement, which didn't say how much she was donating.

"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," the winner said.

The owner of the KC Mart is also a winner, getting a $50,000 bonus after the winning ticket was claimed.

And every income taxpayer in South Carolina may also end up winning. The state's budget plan that just passed the House offers a $50 rebate check to every taxpayer symbolically linked to the estimated $61 million in state income taxes the winner will pay on the jackpot.

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