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Union Resident Wins $250,000 Playing Cash Blowout!
6/11/2009 11:44:43 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (June 11, 2009) - As soon as Lewis Smith, Jr., of Union, finished scratching a Cash Blowout ticket, he knew he had his hands on a keeper.

"Wow!" he said. "I canít believe it."

The ticket, worth $250,000, was one of two top prize winning Cash Blowout tickets claimed yesterday. The other ticket holder was Gerald Vance, of Summerville.

Launched Tuesday, Cash Blowout is a $10 instant ticket with prizes ranging from $10 up to $250,000. The new, fluorescent orange ticket certainly caught Smith's attention. He plans to share the winnings with his family and is thinking about buying a new car.

Enmark Stations #560 in Union sold Smith the winning ticket and will receive a $2,500 selling bonus. A 1 percent incentive is given to a retailer who sells a winning ticket and the prize is valued at $10,000 or more and the ticket is redeemed. The selling bonus is capped at $10,000.

Since the Lottery's inception in 2002, the General Assembly has appropriated more than $2 billion for educational purposes through fiscal year 2009. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, more than 97 cents of every dollar spent by players on the South Carolina Education Lottery was returned to the state in the form of contributions to education, prizes, retailer commissions and payment to contractors for goods and services.

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