COLUMBIA, SC (October 7, 2008) – A 74-year-old Spartanburg County man just became the Palmetto State’s newest lottery millionaire!
The lucky player admitted to SCEL staff he was stunned beyond belief when he won $1 million playing Powerball®! The man, who doesn’t want to publicize his name, bought the lucky ticket at Wilco Hess #912 in Spartanburg.
“On a hunch, I spent an extra dollar and got PowerPlay®,” he said. That wise move multiplied the winner’s prize from $200,000 to $1 million when the PowerPlay® number drawn was a 5.
The winning white ball numbers in the October 4 Powerball® drawing were 1, 4, 26, 32, and 39. The red Powerball® was 18 and the PowerPlay® was 5. The player correctly matched all five white ball numbers but missed the red Powerball®.
The new millionaire says he plays the Lottery a few times a week since he and his wife retired. He plans on sharing his winnings with his large family, including his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Since inception in 2002, the General Assembly has appropriated more than $2 billion for educational purposes through fiscal year 2009. In the year that ended June 30, 2008, more than 97 cents of every dollar spent by players on the South Carolina Education Lottery is returned to the state in the form of contributions to education, prizes, retailer commissions, and payment to contractors for goods and services.