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Myrtle Beach Woman’s Forgotten Tickets Yield a $100,000 Winner
1/6/2011 12:26:45 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (January 6, 2011) – A Myrtle Beach woman has a habit of buying lottery tickets and forgetting to check them. Last Thursday, her husband had enough and rounded up 15 or so tickets.

Sitting at the kitchen table, he sorted through the tickets. She heard him repeatedly say, “Loser, Loser, Loser.” Then he screamed, “Oh, my goodness.”

He found a $100,000 winner.

“We were both jumping up and down in the kitchen,” she told lottery officials.

The mother of two shared she only plays when she has a “good feeling.” She had such an inkling when the couple stopped at the Wilco Hess #945 in Myrtle Beach, so she ran in and got a Palmetto Cash 5 ticket while her husband pumped gas.

The feeling proved true. Her ticket matched all five numbers drawn in the Sunday, December 26 Palmetto Cash 5 drawing (16, 18, 24, 29 and 32; Power-Up: 3), making her the first top prize winner for a Sunday drawing. The South Carolina Education Lottery held its first Sunday drawing on December 5, 2010, when the game expanded to seven days a week.

“Other than my husband and kids, this is the best blessing I’ve ever had,” she said.

The winner, who did not want to release her name, plans to play it safe and use the winnings to take care of a few expenses. She mentioned she has only been on one vacation in the last 17 years, so a trip is well overdue.

Had she purchased Power-Up for an additional $1, her $100,000 winnings would have been multiplied by “3” to $300,000.

Every retailer that sells a claimed ticket of $10,000 or more earns a 1 percent retailer commission, capped at $50,000. Wilco Hess #945 received $1,000.

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