$1.5 billion Mega Millions lottery prize remains unclaimed

  • The person who bought the Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $1.5 billion 22 days ago still hasn't claimed the prize. 
  • There is a 180-day deadline to cash in the South Carolina ticket, which falls on April 21, 2019.
  • Mega Millions announced the winning ticket on October 24, and it was bought in a South Carolina KC Mart in early October.
  • If they don't collect the biggest-ever Mega Millions prize it can go back into the game's prize pool.
  • The odds of winning the prize were 1 in 303 million.

The owner of the Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $1.5 billion still hasn't come forward 22 days after they won, and there is a deadline to claim the money. 

Seth Elkin, Maryland Lottery and Gaming spokesman said on Tuesday that the person who bought the ticket in a Simpsonville KC Mart, South Carolina, is still a mystery, as they have "not heard that the winner in South Carolina has come forward," ABC News reported.

The winner has 180 days to collect the prize, which puts the cut-off point at April 21, 2019, according to Mega Millions rules.

Mega Millions Frenzy During October 2018 Drawings

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Customers buy Mega Millions tickets hours before the draw of the USD 1 billion jackpot, at the Bluebird Liquor store in Torrance, California on October 19, 2018. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
An Illinois Lottery billboard advertisement, featuring the Mega Millions, is seen on the northwest side along the I-90 Kennedy Expressway in Chicago, IL on October 20, 2018. The jackpot is now $1.6 billion, a record breaking Mega Millions jackpot. Currently the jackpot is tied with the largest jackpot in U.S. history. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Dan Higgins stands outside of a 7-Eleven in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston where he bought a Mega Millions ticket on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. If he wins, Higgins says he’d take care of his children’s education and buy a probably buy a big house on the ocean. (AP Photo/Alanna Durkin Richer)
BOCA RATON - OCTOBER 19: Atmosphere as the Mega Millions lottery hits One Billion on October 19, 2018 in Boca Raton, Florida/ Credit: mpi04/MediaPunch /IPX
Annette Gray, left, from Valley Stream, N.Y., buys lottery tickets Friday Oct. 19, 2018, in New York. The estimated jackpot for Friday's Mega Millions drawing has soared to $1 billion. Gray said it's about "a dollar and a dream, but I spent ten today". (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Russell Robinson buys 50 Mega Millions lottery tickets at the Kwik Stop food store at 46th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, in Hollywood, Fla., Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
People line up at the Kwik Stop food store at 46th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, in Hollywood, Fla., to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
Mega Millions lottery tickets are printed out of a lottery machine at a convenience store Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Chicago. The estimated jackpot for Friday's drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history with a jackpot estimated to exceed $900 million. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Mega Millions bet cards are shown at the Corner Market, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Lyndhurst, Ohio. The estimated jackpot for Friday's drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history with a jackpot estimated to exceed $900 million. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Mega Millions lottery tickets are printed out of a lottery machine at a convenience store Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Chicago. The estimated jackpot for Friday's drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history with a jackpot estimated to exceed $900 million. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 19: Mega Millions Lottery ticket is seen as the prize reached $1 billion before the drawing in New York, United States on October 19, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 19: A woman buys Mega Millions lottery ticket as the Mega Millions Lottery prize reached $1 billion before the drawing in New York, United States on October 19, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An Illinois Lottery billboard advertisement, featuring the Mega Millions, is seen on the northwest side along the I-90 Kennedy Expressway in Chicago, IL on October 20, 2018. The jackpot is now $1.6 billion, a record breaking Mega Millions jackpot. Currently the jackpot is tied with the largest jackpot in U.S. history. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 18: A sign displays that the Mega Millions Lottery prize is estimated $1 billion before the drawing in New York, United States on October 18, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 19: People wait in the line to buy Mega Millions lottery ticket as the Mega Millions Lottery prize reached $1 billion before the drawing in New York, United States on October 19, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A woman shows her Mega Millions tickets hours before the draw of the USD 1 billion jackpot, at the Bluebird Liquor store in Torrance, California on October 19, 2018. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Customers buy Mega Millions tickets hours before the draw of the USD 1 billion jackpot, at the Bluebird Liquor store in Torrance, California on October 19, 2018. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
A man reaches for his Mega Millions tickets hours before the draw of the USD 1 billion jackpot, at the Bluebird Liquor store in Torrance, California on October 19, 2018. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
People line up in the hallway of a midtown New York City office building to buy Mega Millions tickets on October 19, 2018, as the jackpot hit record USD 1 billion. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Carlos Davila holds up his Mega Millions lottery tickets at a Brooklyn store on October 19, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The jackpot for tonight's drawing has now climbed to $1 billion, making it the largest jackpot in the game's history and the first to top the $1 billion mark. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
People line up in the hallway of a midtown New York City office building to buy Mega Millions tickets on October 19, 2018, as the jackpot hit record USD 1 billion. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO Mega Millions entry tickets are seen at a newsstand after the jackpot for Tuesday's drawing topped $650 million in New York City, New York, U.S., October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
An impromptu "One Billion dollars" sign is on display as customers line up to buy Mega Millions tickets at a newsstand in midtown Manhattan in New York, U.S., October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Sugar
A customer purchases a ticket for the Mega Millions lottery drawing in New York City, U.S., October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A lottery ticket for the current record breaking $667 million U.S. Mega Millions jackpot is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California, U.S. October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake
A ticket is seen ahead of the Mega Millions lottery draw which reached a jackpot of $415 Million in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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They had the winning numbers 5, 28, 62, 65, 70, and 5.

If October's winner doesn't claim the money it will go back into the game's prize pool, or it can given to South Carolina's development programs and plans funded by Mega Millions profits. 

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Tony Cooper, the chief operating officer at the South Carolina Education Lottery, said the winner should sign the back of the lottery ticket, keep it in a safe place, and then get hold of a reliable financial advisor, ABC News said.

The lucky winner can chose between getting the prize as a lump sum of $878 millions dollars, or receive $1.537 billion in installments over 29 years.

Profits from Mega Millions ticket sales go toward funding higher education, senior citizen programs, and environmental protection schemes.

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