South Carolina's $1.5B lottery winner releases statement, plans to give some money to charity

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

COLUMBIA, SC (WRDW/WAGT) -- South Carolina's $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot winner is planning to donate a portion of their winnings to charity.

The word comes from the State Education Lottery, who says the winner is continuing to stay anonymous, will give money to the following charities:

  • Ronald McDonald House

  • One SC Fund

  • In the Middle

  • City of Simpsonville Art Center

  • American Red Cross Alabama Region Tornado Relief Fund

This marks the first time the lottery winner has made themselves known. The winner, who is only known as a "she" in the statement from the Lottery Commission, said she's hired a team experienced in dealing with large jackpot winners.

Still, like anyone else, the winner said she was absolutely shocked when she realized she won the money.

"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."

The winner expressed thankfulness for the state of South Carolina allowing her to remain anonymous because despite her winnings, she's hoping to "live a life of relative normalcy, free of fear."

The winner elected to take a lump sum of over $800 million.