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Chester Man Stops at the Store After Winning $200,000
8/9/2011 10:01:00 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (August 9, 2011) – A Chester man unloaded a $200,000 lottery ticket ahead of his groceries.

He was on his way to the store when he bought and scratched the winning ticket and didn’t see any reason to change his plans. He locked the $200,000 Cash Inferno ticket inside his tool box in the truck and hurried in the store.

“I kept glancing in the direction of the parking lot,” he said. “I hurried.”

The winner told lottery officials he plans to enjoy some of the money but save most of it.

“Seeing the check, this is just now hitting me,” he told lottery officials at the Columbia Claims Center. “Last night this was nothing but a piece of paper in a drawer. Now it’s real.”

As of this release, three top prizes of $200,000 remain in the ten dollar $200,000 Cash Inferno game.

The odds of winning $200,000 are 1 in 504,000.

Every retailer that sells a claimed ticket of $10,000 or more earns a 1 percent retailer commission, capped at $50,000. By-Pass Convenience in Chester 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 $2.8 BILLION has been appropriated to support educational programs in the Palmetto State through June 2012.

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