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Can a Beaufort Lottery Retailer Make it Three in a Row?
10/25/2011 11:36:15 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (October 25, 2011) – We’ll have to wait and see if a Beaufort lottery retailer can extend their winning streak for a third year.

For two years running, Bill’s Liquor Store in Beaufort has managed to beat the odds and sell $200,000 winning lottery tickets around the holidays. It’s not only the time of year that makes this story noteworthy, it’s the tickets.

The South Carolina Education Lottery introduces a selection of holiday instant tickets every October. The $10 variety is a favorite at Bill’s. Holiday Riches was the location’s first big winner when it went on sale in 2009. Last year, a few days after the Greetings of Green scratch-off was available a customer won $200,000.

We’ll know soon enough if the tradition holds. The Lottery’s 2011 holiday instant ticket, Winner Green, with a top prize of $200,000 goes on sale today.

“I’d like to say it was something we did to make this happen, but I just can’t,” said Bill Liquor Store General Manager Douglas Massalon. “Only luck.”

Coincidence or not, lottery players at Bill’s Liquor Store are paying attention. The location at 132 Sea Island Parkway on Lady’s Island in Beaufort has heard from customers ready and willing to be the third winner.

“We’ve been letting them know the tickets are coming,” said Massalon. “It would be nice to see folks line up for them. We are hoping to get an influx of business.”

To help the cause, Bill’s Liquor Store is dusting off its two red and green “WE SOLD A WINNING TICKET” posters to remind everyone that walks in, the location made two players holidays $200,000 richer.

“We don’t know who the past winners are,” confessed Massalon. “Nobody has come forward and said anything, and we respect their privacy.”

Will Massalon be looking to join them? “I know my luck is no good,” he said. “I’ll have to give it to one of my customers.”

Tis the Season, Gifts of Green, and Cold Hard Cash are the other Holiday instant ticket games that also go on sale today.

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