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Simpsonville Wife Text Messages Husband Lottery Emergency
4/3/2012 10:53:19 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (April 3, 2012) – For fun, a Simpsonville woman decided to buy a ticket for the unprecedented Mega Millions® jackpot. She noticed everyone in line at the Spinx Company #134 on Fairview Road in Simpsonville had the same idea. When it was her turn, she spent $5 for five sets of numbers.

Sunday she realized one set of numbers on the slip of paper was worth $250,000.

“We’re pleased as punch,” she said, waiting with her husband to collect the winnings in Columbia yesterday.

She told lottery officials it was only the second time she had ever played the Lottery, adding the record setting jackpot is what motivated her to play.

Not sure how the game played, when she checked her ticket and saw the first five numbers match (2, 4, 23, 38, and 46 MB: 23), she thought she won the over half-a-billion dollar jackpot. It would have been true had the Megaball® numbers synched up. She’ll settle for $250,000.

“I thought it was an April fool’s joke when she told me,” said her husband, who was out of town when his wife sent him a series of text messages.

The first read: “Call me when you can.” The second message a minute later said, “Call me.” He dialed when he read the final message: “Seriously, I can’t wait.”

“We’re still in shock,” he said.

The winners, both in their early thirties, are proud University of South Carolina graduates with sales jobs in Greenville. They want to pay off their debts and take a nice vacation. The first check they write will be to their church.

“I would say I’m lucky,” she added. “That’s why we are giving back to God.”

The odds of winning $250,000 playing Mega Millions® are 1 in 3,904,701.

The Spinx Company #134 in Simpsonville received a commission of $2,500 for selling the claimed ticket.

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