On Thursday, a representative for the Mega Millions $1.5 B jackpot winner released a written statement through officials of the South Carolina Education Lottery.
And while the winner has chosen to remain anonymous since her big win in October, she did want to give a statement to show her gratitude for the win and some of her plans for her new fortune.
According to her attorney, the South Carolina resident was in town visiting Greenville and decided to go on “a scenic drive during some downtime. As fate would have it, her drive took her past the KC Mart, where the signs showing the incredibly large jackpot caught her eye. She decided to take a chance and purchase a ticket, never once thinking she had the slightest chance to win. After checking her ticket the morning after the drawing, she was in complete shock and disbelief. She stared motionless at the ticket for what felt like hours, then came the jumping and screams of joy.”
According to the statement: “Words can’t describe the feeling of such incredible luck,” the winner said. “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.”
It is reported she made charitable donations to:
- Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Columbia, SC
- One SC Fund – for Hurricane Florence Relief
- In The Middle, Columbia, SC
- City of Simpsonville Art Center
- American Red Cross Alabama Region ‐ Tornado Relief Fund