"A simple act of kindness led to a surprising result," the statement states.
South Carolina is one of the few states where winners can remain anonymous – a choice that winners often make to protect themselves from being targeted by criminals or unscrupulous people seeking money.
The winning ticket was sold between October 20 and October 23 last year at the KC Mart convenience store in Simpsonville, a suburb of the city of Greenville in South Carolina.
"It's exciting, good for me, good for him, for her, whoever she is," said Chirag Patel, shop owner. This is because Patel receives a payment of $ 50,000 for the sale of the winning ticket – something he would not have obtained had the prize been unclaimed.
Patel said he will use the money to pay for renovations at the Simpsonville store and six other grocery stores he owns. When asked why he thinks the winner took so long to come forward, Patel said, "There is a lot of money to manage."
For months, residents of South Carolina had speculated that the winner had not come forward.
Some theorized that the winner was fleeing the police and feared a basic check if he or she won. Some thought the winner was so overwhelmed to see the winning numbers tick that he or she died instantly. Others have suggested that the winning ticket was purchased from a pool of offices and is now the subject of a dispute.
The winner had until April 19 to claim the prize. Had he been unclaimed, the money would have returned to the 44 states where the tickets were purchased.
The Monday statement gave no clue as to why the winner took his time to come forward.
The prize that is claimed has no other benefit to the state besides knowing that a new multimillionaire is walking somewhere.
The lottery commission said the state will get $ 61 million in income taxes from the winner. And this could be passed on to taxpayers if a proposal passes to give a $ 50 rebate to every person who records income taxes.
"I'm glad the money stays in South Carolina. Obviously, South Carolina will reap the benefits," Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, president of the media and media, told The Post and Courier.
He added: "What we hope for is that, through the tax payer's discount, all tax payers in this state will also benefit from it".