Lottery winner paid SC $16 million in taxes

 

 

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s $400 million Powerball jackpot winner has paid nearly $16 million in state taxes and $55 million to the federal government.

 

Education Lottery Executive Director Paul Harper Bethea told the lottery oversight committee Tuesday the payments were made Friday to the Department of Revenue and to the Internal Revenue Service.

 

The winner has chosen to remain anonymous. The jackpot was the fourth largest in the history of the game. The South Carolina man was the only winner of last month’s game.

 

Bethea says the excitement of the large prize boosted sales by about $2 million.

 

The winning ticket was bought at a Murphy Express just off Interstate 20 west of Columbia. The store got a $50,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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