When Simpsonville, a rural town in South Carolina, learned last October that one of its 20,125 inhabitants was the winner of 1,537 million dollars, a revolution was put together. KC Martin Greenville, where the second-largest boat in history in the United States had been sold, came dozens of cameras, journalists and curious. The day of the news CJ Patel, the owner of the premises, uncovered a bottle of champagne and promised his four employees that he would distribute with them the corresponding slice for selling the fat. The governor and the legislators closed the 2019 budget contemplating 61 million tax profits that imply being the State that awards the prize. But it’s been almost four months and no one claims the elephant prize yet. And without a winner, there are no extra taxes.
Since Mega Millions, the lottery sambad company, announced on October 24, 2018, that the ticket had been sold, the 180 days to present and claim the prize have been going on. There are still a couple of months left before the deadline expires, on April 19, and the player loses the opportunity to collect the 1,537 million dollars (1,350.7 million euros) broken down into installments for 30 years or 878 million dollars. flip dollars. You can still maintain anonymity anyway. The one who is following this story closely is Henry McMaster, the governor of South Carolina. McMaster and the state legislators designed this year’s budgets contemplating the 61 million dollars that the winner would have to disburse in state income taxes and other taxes.
The KC Mart in Greenville is located between acres of farmland and a golf course. Among those who took the car to visit the lucky store, several said they knew who the winner was. They said it lowering their voice, avoiding eye contact and with an attitude of “here I tell you and here I deny it”. The first few days, some heard that the winner was a German immigrant. Others, it was a young engineer. Several had read the story posted on Facebook by a worker at a transmission factory who claimed to have seen a colleague check their lottery sambad ticket numbers in the morning, take their things and leave without looking back. Some even said that the worker had bought the ticket among several and that in an act of selfishness he had left the city without saying anything to his friends. But none of that was true. The new millionaire remains a mystery.
One of the rules of Mega Millions is that the 44 states that participate in the raffle, when they receive the money for having sold the winning ticket, have to allocate a game by law – in this case, 11 million dollars – only in education. If they allocated 61 million to that area they could increase the salary to all teachers in South Carolina by 2%, according to AP estimates.
Hopes fade away. At least in the political territory. Lawmakers are still working on the final budget and the executive director of the State Office of Revenue and Fiscal Affairs, Frank Rainwater, acknowledged that the most reasonable thing is not to have the money – from the still unknown winner – and not to declare it in the expense plan “I think it was reasonable to include the money in November. But it’s been two thirds or three-quarters of the way and it hasn’t been charged yet,” Rainwater said.