COLUMBIA, SC (February 24, 2017) – A Simpsonville man almost won Wednesday night’s Powerball® jackpot.
He missed it by one number winning $100,000.
“I’m good,” he said of the win. “That’s not a bad day.”
The winner told lottery officials he only plays Powerball® when the jackpot gets above $300 million. So he took a chance on Wednesday night’s $435 million jackpot at the QuikTrip #1113 on Wade Hampton Blvd. in Greer.
He checked his ticket the next morning and admits he didn’t know what to do when he saw he matched four of the five numbers drawn and the red Powerball® (10, 13, 28, 52, 61 and Powerball® 2).
Now that the win has sunk in, he’s decided to put the money away for his kids’ education.
“When I play I’m making a contribution to education,” he said. “It makes sense to put this away for my kids’ education.”
The odds of winning $50,000 playing Powerball® are 1 in 913,129. Purchasing PowerPlay® multiplied the $50,000 prize to $100,000. The odds of a 2X multiplier being selected are 1 in 1.75, when the jackpot is greater than $150 million.
For selling the claimed ticket, QuikTrip #1113 in Greer received a commission of $1,000.
The estimated jackpot for Saturday night’s Powerball® drawing is $40 million.
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