COLUMBIA, SC (July 24, 2013) – Ralph Monroe is buying a car with his lottery winnings.
Ironically, not having a ride was the reason he won $300,000.
The scale operator at Amick Farms normally rides home with his sister. On July 15, she had to work late, so he got a ride with a friend. They stopped at Ridge Spring Convenience Store on E. Main St. in Ridge Spring where Monroe bought himself a $2 Palmetto Cash 5 quick pick with Power-Up.
Hours later his ticket matched all five numbers (5, 18, 21, 32 and 35) drawn to win $300,000.
His sister was shocked to admit that she was happy she had to work late.
As for his friend who drove him home, Monroe told him he won the Lottery, but didn’t mention how much. He’s planning to thank him.
“It all happened so fast,” Monroe said.
The single father says he’ll keep working, but his life has changed for the better. He’ll have a car, a house and hopefully a little money in the bank.
“Everything lined up just right for me,” he said.
Spending the extra buck to Power-Up tripled his $100,000 prize to $300,000.
Odds of winning $300,000 playing Palmetto Cash 5 are 1 in 1,606,214.
For selling the claimed ticket, Ridge Spring Convenience Store received a commission of $3,000.
To date, lottery play has resulted in more than $3.1 billion transferred to support education.
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