"I do realize that such good fortune carries a tremendous social responsibility."

By Meghan Overdeep
March 15, 2019
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The lucky South Carolina resident who earlier this month claimed the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot from last October has decided to give a portion of her newfound wealth to a number of very worthy causes.

In addition to several South Carolina charities, the women, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has reportedly donated a portion of her nearly $878,000,000 lumpsum payout (the largest awarded to a single winner in U.S. history) to Alabama Red Cross to aid tornado relief.

Her lawyer Jason Kurland told CNN that she decided to donate because she claimed the money when a catastrophic F3 tornado struck Alabama in early March.

"It just felt like we were having this great event when there were people suffering nearby," he explained.

The other organizations include Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, South Carolina; In The Middle, a charity that helps women with breast cancer; the City of Simpsonville Art Center; and the One SC Fund for Hurricane Florence relief.

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"Words can't describe the feeling of such incredible luck," the winner said in a statement through her lawyer Thursday.

"I do realize that such good fortune carries a tremendous social responsibility, and it gives me a unique opportunity to assist, support and contribute to charities and causes that are close to my heart."