COLUMBIA, SC (July 30, 2013) – A Bennettsville man held on to his $200,000 winning lottery ticket for three weeks, dreading the 100 mile drive to Columbia to cash it in.
“It’s a long journey,” he said. “I didn’t want to face the traffic.”
His girlfriend thought he was silly to wait.
“She almost fainted,” the winner said when he finally told her that he purchased a winning South Carolina Gold ticket at the Auto Fountain East on E. Main St. in Bennettsville and hid it between the pages of his Bible.
He told lottery officials he was a patient man and could have held out even longer. Seeing the check for the first time let him know he did the right thing.
“Um, that’s pretty,” he said.
As of this release, two top prizes of $200,000 remain in the $10 South Carolina Gold game. The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 600,000.
For selling the claimed ticket, Auto Fountain East in Bennettsville received a commission of $2,000.
Since the start of the Lottery in 2002, more than one million college scholarships and grants have been awarded to South Carolina’s students. In all, more than $3.1 BILLION has been transferred to support educational programs in the Palmetto State.
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