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$1.5B Mega Millions lottery jackpot still unclaimed

Frank Carnevale
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In this Oct. 24, 2018, file photo, media, 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. Unless the winner chooses to come forward, the world may never know who won. The winner of a $1.537 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser too. With the prize unclaimed, the state Board of Economic Advisors is expected Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, to suggest removing the $61 million windfall from the state spending plan. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)

If you still have a Mega Millions ticket from October and you bought it in South Carolina, maybe check it again.

There’s a $1.537 billion jackpot still waiting to be claimed.

No one has come forward yet and time is running out as the price must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing — in April the ticket will become worthless.

USA Today spoke with a David Stevenson, a CPA in South Carolina, who said he knows of no reason not to come forward. He wondered if maybe the winner was waiting for 2019 for some tax advantage purpose.

The good news for Pennsylvania and the other 43 states that participate in the lottery is that they would get some money back.

Although South Carolina, where the winner was sold, would lose tax money that it would have collected from the winner’s windfall. State officials estimated the winner would pay $61 million in state income taxes and put that money into the budget, AP reported.

According to Mega Millions website , if the prize is not claimed the money comes back to the states: “each participating state in the Mega Millions game will get back all the money that state contributed to the unclaimed jackpot.”

The winning ticket was sold at the KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina according to lottery officials.

Jee Patel, the manager of KC Mart, told Fox News in November that “lotto tourists” were stopping in to take pictures of the store.

The numbers drawn on October 23 were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5.

Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Frank at 412-380-8511, [email protected] or via Twitter @frnkstar.