Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Whoever has the winning ticket for the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot still has not come forward, South Carolina lottery officials say.
The winning ticket for the Oct. 23 drawing was bought in South Carolina. The state is one of seven in which the winner can remain anonymous, but no one has claimed the prize so far.
Beating odds of over 300 million-to-1, the winner bought the ticket in Simpsonville, S.C.
Although lottery officials urge winners to put the ticket in a safe place and consult legal and financial advice, it's been three weeks since the numbers were drawn.
The winner can choose a lump-sum payment of $878 million, or $1.537 billion in taxed annual payments over 30 years.
South Carolina affords a winner 180 days to claim a prize, meaning the winner has until April 21 to do so. If the jackpot is unclaimed, the money will return to the participating states.
C.J. Patel, the owner of the store that sold the winning ticket, will receive $30,000 from the South Carolina Lottery. He said he'll split the prize with his four employees.