Victor of Mega Millions' record $1.5 billion jackpot still hasn't claimed prize

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The $1.5 billion Mega Millions prize has still not been claimed three weeks after the victor was announced. Unclaimed lottery prizes are used for different purposes by each state.

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.

Mega Millions announced the winning ticket, which was bought in a South Carolina KC Mart, on October 24.

The jackpot had been soaring since July, when a group of office workers in California won $543 million.

Even so, the victor must still come forward to claim the prize.

Mega Millions lottery entry tickets are seen in New York, Oct. 23, 2018.

The winning ticket was purchased at KC Mart #7 in Simpsonville, South Carolina - the game's first jackpot victor from the state - on October 23, according to lottery officials via ABC News.

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If the victor doesn't claim the money, it could go back into the game's prize pool or be given to South Carolina's development programs and plans funded by Mega Millions' profits.

The shop's owner, C.J. Patel, will receive $50,000, which is the maximum share of the money that can be received by the owner of a store that sold a winning jackpot ticket.

SC allows lottery winners to remain anonymous after conducting a thorough investigation to confirm their identity, lottery Chief Operating Officer Tony Cooper said.

The victor can choose a lump-sum payment of $878 million, or $1.537 billion in taxed annual payments over 30 years.

"Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment!" the South Carolina Education Lottery tweeted at the time.

After the monumental win, the lottery urged the potential victor to sign the ticket, drop it in a safe and get financial advice from a planner or lawyer. Officials say the winning ticket was sold in SC.

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