Jackpot claimed

Chirag Patel, owner of the store that sold the winning South Carolina Mega Millions ticket, gets $50,000 for selling it. (representational image/pixabay.com)

Lottery officials March 4 announced that a South Carolina resident had stepped forward to claim the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot from last October — the largest jackpot payout to a single winner in U.S. history — but elected to remain anonymous.

The winning ticket was sold between Oct. 20 and Oct. 23 of last year at the KC Mart convenience store in Simpsonville, a suburb of the South Carolina city of Greenville.

“It’s exciting. Good for me, good for him, her, whoever it is,” said Chirag Patel, Indian American owner of the convenience store. That’s because Patel gets a $50,000 payment for selling the winning ticket — something he wouldn’t have gotten if the prize went unclaimed.

Patel said he’ll use the money to pay for renovations to the store in Simpsonville as well as some of the six other convenience stores he owns. When asked why he thinks the winner took so long to come forward, Patel said: “That’s a lot of money to manage.”

The Gujarat native, the Greenville News reported, has owned convenience stores around Simpsonville for about 20 years.

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