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Well-known Columbia Caterer Wins $100,000
1/13/2009 11:13:55 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (January 13, 2009) - Waiting to leave work and head home, Carolyn Seawell decided to pass the time by scratching a few instant tickets at her desk. The second Deal or No Deal™ ticket she scratched changed her plans. Seawell just won $100,000.

As the owner of Seawell's Food Catering in Columbia, Seawell first shared the good news with her employees. "They were all excited for me, but I couldn't believe my good luck," she said.

A fan of the popular television show, Seawell purchased her first Deal or No Deal™ instant ticket over the weekend. Yesterday, she decided to try her luck again with tickets purchased from the Rosewood Amoco Food #2 in Columbia.

Seawell, who has lived in Columbia all her life, plans to save the winnings. She also mentioned taking a trip with her eight grandchildren.

"She is a very generous woman," her grandson said. "She gives a lot, so I’m not surprised some came back to her."

Launched in late August, Deal or No Deal™ has a top prize of $100,000. The ticket also features a second-chance promotion where players can enter their non-winning tickets for a chance to win one of seven trips to Hollywood, CA. One of the Lottery's trip winners will also get the chance to play a new daily version of the Deal or No Deal™ non-broadcast game with show host Howie Mandel for prizes up to $2.5 million. A lottery trip winner may also be selected to participate in the daily version on the Deal or No Deal™ game on television.

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