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Powerball® Winners Claim $1 Million Prize
4/9/2008 3:25:05 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (April 9, 2008) – For two sisters from the Lowcounty, mornings begin by taking care of their dogs. Even after discovering they won $1 million in the Saturday, March 29 Powerball® drawing, the two sisters maintained their routine. After all, the dogs were waiting to be walked. Well, before heading out the door the pair did call their accountant, but there was no answer.

“We went about our business,” one of the sisters said.

Last Thursday, the sisters along with their dogs traveled to Columbia to claim $1,000,015. After first making sure they had a clear view of the dogs in the car, the pair, who do not wish to be identified, began telling their story.

“I turned on the computer at home to check my numbers, and I saw the Powerball® number we selected had come up. Then I looked at the multiplier and realized we had won enough to pay for the ticket,” one sister said recounting how they ended up with the extra $15.

“Then I stopped, and looked further, and yelled to my sister, ‘You had better come downstairs.’”

An additional quick picked line of numbers the sisters purchased matched all five white ball numbers drawn (18-20-25-31-36, PB 7). They purchased the PowerPlay® multiplier option, and their $200,000 winnings were multiplied by “5” to $1 million.

Like always, the sisters purchased their Powerball® ticket from their “lucky store,” the Hess Mart #40208 on Johns Island. The retailer will receive a 1 percent selling bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The sisters plan to use some of the winnings to travel abroad. Local charities will benefit the most. The sisters are excited about helping some charitable organizations they have been involved with, but are especially interested in assisting programs in their community that focus on youth empowerment in the arts.

They hope their winnings will change lives. But will $1 million change their own? Probably not.

“We aren’t going to change our lifestyle,” they both agreed.

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