Mega Millions winner claims $1.5 billion prize

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Mega Millions Winner Finally Claims Prize

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The winner of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot has finally claimed his prize.

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The Oct. 23 prize was the largest jackpot payout to a single winner in U.S. history, South Carolina lottery officials said in a statement Monday.

The winner, who has decided to remain anonymous, chose a one-time payment of $877,784,124, lottery officials said.

The winning ticket was sold at a KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

The winning numbers were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5.

"We are delighted that the winner is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize," Hogan Brown, the lottery commission's executive director, said in a statement. "We offer sincere congratulations and are very happy that one of our South Carolina retailers, KC Mart in Simpsonville, will receive $50,000 for selling the claimed winning ticket. The State of South Carolina will benefit from $61 million that will be collected in income taxes from the winner. We respect the winner's decision to remain anonymous, and we will honor the winner's wishes."

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