Lottery officials are preparing a convenience store in rural Simpsonville, South Carolina, for an onslaught of attention after revealing that the winning Mega Millions ticket worth more than $1.5 billion was sold there.
State lottery officials plan a news conference Wednesday at the KC Mart to celebrate the lucky sale.
The share of the winnings that goes to retailers in South Carolina is capped at $50,000. KC Mart owner C.J. Patel told the Greenville News he thinks he will receive about $30,000, and that he plans to split it with his four employees.
KC’s good fortune was a disappointment to a Columbia convenience store: Employees at a Circle K there had reported early Wednesday that it was their store that sold the winning ticket.
The KC Mart is a cinderblock store with Exxon pumps out front, on a rural road east of Simpsonville. Its nearest neighbor is a white-steepled church — one of three Baptist churches indicated by directional signs at the intersection.
On the other side of the adjacent field is Iodine State Beagle Road, named for the hunting and dog trials club that occupied the parcel before development pushed it farther into the countryside 10 years ago. Now there’s a housing subdivision called Copper Creek.
Simpsonville is a city of about 20,000 people in the state’s northwest corner, 60 miles south of Asheville, North Carolina. The median income is about $60,000, and home ownership is 67 percent. The cornerstone of the regional economy is manufacturing, including the bubble-wrap maker Sealed Air and the textile and chemical company Milliken.