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Winnsboro Woman Adjusting to MILLIONAIRE Status
2/25/2011 2:14:19 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (February 25, 2011) – A Winnsboro woman never pictured herself a millionaire, at least not until recently.

She was headed down a county road doing something she admits wasn’t smart – scratching an instant ticket while driving. She pulled over to get a better look at the Carolina Millionaires Club ticket. When she saw she won $1 million, she locked the car doors.

“This is major,” she told lottery officials. “I’m looking forward to waking up in the morning not having to worry about anything.”

The winner, who did not want to release her name, hid the $1 million ticket in her mattress and slept on it, or at least tried to sleep.

“You play because you want to win, and you think about winning,” she said. “Right now I’m not sure how I feel. I know I feel different.”

The millionaire shared she hasn’t made any plans for the money, that will take some time.

“I need to sit down and think about all of this,” she said. “I have a good life now, and this will provide me the opportunity to help others.”

The $10 Carolina Millionaires Club instant ticket went on sale January 4. The Winnsboro woman is the second $1 million winner to come forward. As of this release, three more $1 million top prizes remain in the game. The odds of winning $1 million are 1 in 1,200,000.

Every retailer that sells a claimed ticket of $10,000 or more earns a 1 percent retailer commission, capped at $50,000. Pantry Express #530 in Winnsboro received $10,000.

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