The woman who won the month of October $ 1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpoShe can not keep her identity secret and says she plans to donate to causes that are important to her.
The winning ticket was sold to KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina. The winner allowed another customer to cut the line in order to buy a ticket, Fox News Reported previously. But we do not know much about the woman who will receive a "single gross payment of $ 878 million – the biggest jackpot ever won by a single winner," the Washington Post reported.
The state allows its winners to remain anonymous and the woman wanted to keep her identity secret for security reasons. His lawyer, Jason Kurland, said winners of the lottery "become an easy target" for scammers, crooks and sometimes even friends and family. The winner issued a statement regarding her new chance.
"Words can not describe the feeling of this incredible luck," reads the statement. "I realize that such a chance involves tremendous social responsibility and gives me a unique opportunity to help, support and contribute to the charities and causes that are important to me."
Charities such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia and the Alabama Red Cross relief tornado fund will receive donations from the winner of the lottery, Washington Post reported.
South Carolina will receive $ 61 million in income taxes with the jackpot. The store that sold the ticket will receive a $ 50,000 bonus.
Jee Patel, the manager of the store that sold the winning lotto ticket, told Fox News that "lotto tourists" were stopping daily to take pictures of the place. He estimated that the store received between 10 and 15 visitors a day.
Edmund DeMarche of Fox News contributed to this report.