US 🇺🇸 Record $1.5bn Lottery Winner 👏 'Kindly Gave up Spot in Queue'

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The winner of a record $1.5bn (£1.2bn) lottery jackpot in South Carolina gave up a spot in the queue before purchasing the ticket, officials say.

The individual, who chose to remain anonymous, committed a "simple act of kindness [that] led to an amazing outcome", lottery officials said.

The winner is electing to receive a lump sum pay-out of $877m.

The anonymous individual will take home the largest-ever US jackpot paid to a single person.

"The winner marvels at how every decision made that day brought the winner to the store, at that very moment," South Carolina lottery officials said in a statement on Monday, nearly five months after the winning ticket was sold.

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