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A Taylors Woman Wasn’t Kidding About Winning $200,000 on April Fool’s Day
4/7/2011 10:28:29 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (April 7, 2011) – On April 1, a Taylors woman called her family and told them she won $200,000. It would have made for one great April Fool’s joke, had it not been true.

“Nobody believed me,” she said when she claimed the prize yesterday.

Well, almost no one. Her little granddaughter believed the story and can’t seem to stop telling people, even writing out the figure carefully pointing out all the zeros.

“I’m trying to get her to be quiet,” the winner laughed. “I’ve tried telling her it’s only $200.”

The winner told lottery officials she came close to winning zero.

“When I first scratched the ticket, I thought I had lost,” she said. “I was going to throw the ticket away, when I gave it a second look.”

Her children are glad the Cash Blowout ticket didn’t end up in the trash. Mom is going to share the winnings with them.

As of this release, four top prizes of $200,000 remain in the Cash Blowout game. Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 440,000.

Kangaroo Express #1505 in Spartanburg sold the winning ticket and received $2,000, a 1 percent retailer commission, when the prize was claimed.

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