Unclaimed $1.5B Jackpot Could Be Real Bummer for SC

State had expected to get $61M in state income taxes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 14, 2019 10:20 AM CST
Unclaimed $1.5B Jackpot Could Be Pricey Problem for SC
In this Oct. 24, 2018, file photo, people are seen entering the KC Mart in Simpsonville, SC, after it was announced the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was purchased at the store.   (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)

The winner of a $1.537 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser, too. Economic officials estimated the winner would pay $61 million in state income taxes and put that money into the budget. That much money could pay for new voting machines or a police officer in every South Carolina public school. But with the prize unclaimed, the state Board of Economic Advisors is expected Thursday to suggest removing the $61 million windfall from the state spending plan. That's more than 0.6% of South Carolina's $9 billion budget in lawmakers' control. The winner has until mid-April to claim the prize or it will be returned to the 44 states that play Mega Millions, notes the AP. (This office pool gave away its Mega Millions winnings.)

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