COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – The winner of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot said she knew the morning after the drawing that she actually won and she plans to give some of the money to charity, according to a statement released by her lawyer.
The woman, who said she's remaining anonymous for her safety, bought the ticket while heading to Greenville and taking a “scenic drive." She said she stopped at the KC Mart in Simpsonville after seeing a sign advertising the jackpot.
“Words can’t describe the feeling of such incredible luck,” said the winner who picked the one-time payment of $878 million.. “I do realize that such good fortune carries a tremendous social responsibility, and it gives me a unique opportunity to assist, support and contribute to charities and causes that are close to my heart.”
She said she took her time researching professionals to help manage her money. She stepped forward last week; the drawing was in October.
"I want to make I make all of the right decisions, which is why I have taken this amount of time to collect my prize."
The woman will provide charitable donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Charities in Columbia, the One SC Fund for Hurricane Florence Relief, In the Middle of Columbia, City of Simpsonville Art Center and the American Red Cross Alabama Region for Tornado Relief fund, according to Jason Kurland, who is speaking on behalf of the winner.