The Mega Million jackpot winner hasn’t yet shown up to claim their $1.5 billion win. Will anyone come forward though? (exhales) Goosebumps situation.
This is the Mega Million jackpots biggest win, trumping the previous record of $656 million shared by three winners in March 2012.
The ticket was bought in South Carolina, one of seven US states that preserve the anonymity of lottery winners if they elect to follow that path. So, relatives and newfound friends who might want to take advantage of the winner can kick the idea off their minds. You just might be out of luck
While publicizing lottery winners used to be quite popular in the past – a sign of transparency that the win actually happened – it’s no longer something people readily want to do.
The recent trends of nefarious people trying to take advantage of winners either by demanding tributes or taking self-imposed ‘bookie’ cuts have made anonymity an attractive option.
There have been cases where winners of mega sums encountered dodgy characters a few weeks after they collected their sums and even died as a result.
In South Carolina, Mega-Millions winners have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. So the wait is still on, just started actually.
In March, a New Hampshire judge ruled that a $560 million Powerball jackpot winner can stay anonymous after she sued the state’s lottery.
While the winner never spoke out publicly, her attorney William Shaheen relayed her reaction for her.
‘If I told you she was ecstatic, it would be an understatement,’ he said.
In Nigeria, show off or oppression, as is quite popularly said, is the trend when people come into possession of large amounts of fortune. It’s like, if you don’t show it, then you don’t have it.
Still, it might be better we take a cue from some international lucky millionaires.
Even with money, you should still hide your face. Just to be safe.