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Walmart Employee Wins $400,000 Playing Palmetto Cash 5
3/28/2011 2:59:48 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (March 28, 2011) – Lucien Bergeron was getting ready to leave with his girlfriend on a weekend trip to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, when he checked his lottery ticket. He won $400,000 and decided Harrah’s was definitely a good idea.

“I knew the $400,000 would be waiting for me when we got back,” Bergeron told lottery officials. “So we didn’t cancel our plans instead we tested our luck.”

“We weren’t quite so lucky in Cherokee. That’s why we came today to get the money.” his girlfriend joked.

“I tried to leave her in Cherokee, but I couldn’t find anyone to take her,” Bergeron joked back.
“No, we had a good time. The ticket didn’t leave my side the whole trip.”

The winning Palmetto Cash 5 numbers for Thursday, March 24, were a combination of Bergeron’s and his two son’s birth dates (1, 4, 8, 20, and 31 Power-Up: 4). He paid the extra $1 for Power-Up, which multiplied his $100,000 winning amount by “4” to $400,000.

He confessed he called the Lottery twice to confirm the numbers matched, but he still didn’t believe he won until the staff at the Garden Spot Food Store in Greenville looked at the ticket and told him he needed to go to Columbia to claim the prize.

Bergeron, who works at Walmart in Greenville, isn’t going to quit his job. He plans to pay off his house and possibly buy a car. His girlfriend might have a few plans of her own.

“After we leave here, I’m going to Bull Street to drop her off,” Bergeron said. “Well, she is my lucky charm, so I guess I’d better keep her around.”

The odds of winning the top prize playing Palmetto Cash 5 are 1 in 501,942.

Every retailer that sells a claimed ticket of $10,000 or more earns a 1 percent retailer commission, capped at $50,000. Garden Spot Food Store in Greenville received $4,000.

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