$1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot winner says she will donate to Hurricane Florence relief, other charities


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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Her exact identity remains a mystery, but the winner of the massive $1.5 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot has broken her silence, WPVI reports.

Attorney Jason Kurland, who is representing the winner, shared the millionaire’s plans for her $877,784,124 lump sum.

Instead of hoarding the money, she plans to give back to at least five charities that are special to her.

According to WPVI, the charities named are:

  • One SC Fund for Hurricane Florence relief
  • Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Columbia
  • In The Middle
  • City of Simpsonville Art Center
  • American Red Cross Alabama Region for Tornado Relief Fund

Kurland said the winner was taking a scenic drive when she spotted a sign advertising the almost-world-record-breaking prize.

She ended up walking into the KC Mart and picking up a ticket on a whim.

“Words can’t describe the feeling of such incredible luck,” the winner said, according to Kurland. “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 also reportedly said, “I want to make sure I make all of the right decisions, which is why I have taken this amount of time to collect my prize.”

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