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Family Birth Dates Win Darlington Area Woman $100,000 Lottery Prize
4/1/2011 4:00:19 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (April 1, 2011) – A string of family birth dates, some still celebrated, others only remembered, are printed on a Darlington woman’s winning lottery ticket.

“It wasn’t a quick pick that won,” she told lottery officials. “It was my pick.”

And the winner hasn’t stopped smiling since the numbers 13 – 16 – 20 – 23 – 31, so significant and unique to her family, were drawn Tuesday to win $100,000.

“I knew those were my numbers right away,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

The Palmetto Cash 5 winner did not want to be named but was emotional and full of joy when she collected the prize in Columbia on Friday.

She told lottery officials her car has been making troubling sounds, so a new car will be a blessing.

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

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

Had the winner purchased Power-Up for an additional $1, her $100,000 winnings would have been multiplied by “2,” the Power-Up number drawn, doubling her prize to $200,000.

Approximately 97 cents of every dollar spent by players on the South Carolina Education Lottery is returned to the state in the form of funding for education, prizes, retailer commissions, and payment to contractors for goods and services.

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