COLUMBIA, SC (June 17, 2011) – A Sumter woman dreamed about winning $130,000 and buying a home. A couple of weeks later she exceeded her expectations with a $200,000 South Carolina Education Lottery win.
“When I won the lottery in the dream, I was so shocked I woke up,” said the winner. “The dream seemed real.”
In reality she stayed calm.
The winner told lottery officials she was scratching the 20X The Money ticket in the car while waiting to pick up her kids. She realized she won right before the kids hopped in. She didn’t tell them. Instead she got out of the car and called her fiancé and whispered the news to him.
“This money is a foundation for me and my family,” she said.
The couple’s plans are definite. They are buying a big enough house to raise their family in so everyone will have their own bedroom.
After taxes, her winnings were $136,000. Her dream wasn’t off by much.
The $10 20X The Money instant ticket went on sale Tuesday. The Sumter woman is the first $200,000 winner. As of this release, five top prizes of $200,000 remain in the game.
The odds of winning $200,000 are 1 in 480,000.
Every retailer that sells a claimed ticket of $10,000 or more earns a 1 percent retailer commission, capped at $50,000. Cherryvale Grocery in Sumter received $2,000.
Since the start of the Lottery in 2002, more than 920,000 college scholarships and grants have been awarded to South Carolina’s students. In all, more than $2.5 BILLION has been appropriated to support educational programs in the Palmetto State.
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