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Powerball® Player Tries Palmetto Cash 5 and Wins $100,000
2/2/2011 8:54:10 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (February 2, 2011) – A Bamberg man says he only plays Powerball®. So when he stopped in at the Calm Shell and asked for a Palmetto Cash 5 ticket, he surprised himself with the request. Today, he is $100,000 richer and at peace with his decision.

“I watched the drawing on TV, not expecting to win anything,” he said. “When my numbers were drawn, I had to pinch myself.”

Home alone, the Bamberg man sat tight with the winning ticket and waited for his wife. He told lottery officials the two calmly discussed the ticket and put it in an envelope on the dresser until they could travel to Columbia to claim the prize.

The winner did not want to share his name, but told lottery officials he is retired and plans to travel with the winnings, probably back to Aiken where he purchased the ticket.

“I hope it can happen again,” he said.

The Palmetto Cash 5 ticket matched all five numbers drawn (1, 21, 22, 25, and 26) on January 31, 2011. Had the player purchased Power-Up for an additional $1, his $100,000 winnings would have been multiplied by “2” to $200,000.

Every retailer that sells a claimed ticket of $10,000 or more earns a 1 percent retailer commission, capped at $50,000. Calm Shell in Aiken received $1,000.

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