Unclaimed Big Winner

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2018, file photo, media, left record people entering the KC Mart in Simpsonville, S.C., after it was announced the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was purchased at the store. Unless the winner chooses to come forward, the world may never know who won. 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. With the prize unclaimed, the state Board of Economic Advisors is expected Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, to suggest removing the $61 million windfall from the state spending plan. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman who won $878 million in the biggest jackpot payout to one winner in U.S. history says she wants to give back to the city and state where her good fortune happened.

The woman issued a statement through her lawyer Thursday saying she was giving money to the City of Simpsonville Art Center, the One SC Fund for hurricane relief and a relief fund for victims of the recent Alabama tornadoes.

The woman says she bought the ticket after seeing a sign advertising the jackpot at the KC Mart in Simpsonville.

The woman picked a one-time paymen t of $878 million for the Mega Millions jackpot instead of taking the $1.5 billion jackpot over 30 years.

She says she is choosing to remain anonymous for her safety.

MORE - We're learning more about the SC woman who hit the $1.5 billion jackpot and what she plans to do with some of her winnings

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