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Seneca Man’s $1 Wins $250,000 Mega Millions® Prize
1/5/2011 3:50:04 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (January 5, 2011) – A Seneca man walked into the Lottery’s Claims Center in Greenville with 48 cents in his pocket at a $250,000 winning ticket in his hand.

“I gave my son the only $1 I had handy to buy a ticket for last night’s drawing,” the winner told lottery officials. “I’m still shocked I won what I did.”

According to the winner, by the time he got his hands on the ticket he had seen the winning numbers on T.V. so much he had them memorized.

“I took one look at the ticket and told my son we were winners,” he said.

The winner was one number away from claiming a share of the historic $380 million Mega Millions® jackpot, the second highest in the game’s history. He matched all five white ball numbers but missed the Megaball® (4, 8, 15, 25, and 47, MB: 42).

Had the winner, who did not want to release his name, purchased the Megaplier® for an additional $1, his $250,000 winnings would have been multiplied to $1 million.

“What I won is more than sufficient for me,” he shared.

His plans are simple: “I’m just going to enjoy life,” he said.

For selling the redeemed winning ticket, Lowry Food Mart #2 in Seneca received $2,500. Every retailer that sells a claimed ticket of $10,000 or more earns a 1 percent retailer commission, capped at $50,000.

The estimated jackpot for Friday night’s Mega Millions® drawing is $12 million.

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