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Grandma’s Christmas Gift Wins USC Sophomore $125,000
1/11/2019 12:36:41 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (January 11, 2019) – A University of South Carolina sophomore will be starting classes on Monday with a little extra change in his pocket.

On Christmas Day, Collin Goff scratched off a $125,000 lottery win. The ticket was a gift from his grandmother.

“I was shocked,” said Goff, who spent the holidays at home with his family in Florence. “We all were.”

Goff says his grandmother gives each grandchild two lottery tickets for Christmas and wishing they’d win a nice prize. Each grandchild picks out their tickets and starts scratching. The Quick $250! card Goff chose left everyone, including his brothers, speechless.

“It hasn’t completely hit me yet,” Goff said. “I know I’m not going to do anything differently, just excited to start off 2019 on a good note.”

Goff shared that 2018 was a rough year for him personally. He faced and recovered from serious brain surgery, and his tight-knit family was there to help him through it.

“I had some bad luck,” he said. “But right now, I’m excited to be going back to school.”

And this isn’t Goff’s first brush with the South Carolina Education Lottery, he’s also a proud LIFE scholarship recipient at Carolina.

Two top prizes of $125,000 remain in the $5 Quick $250! game, at odds of 1 in 480,000.

For selling the claimed ticket, Sav A Step LLC in Florence received a commission of $1,250.

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