COLUMBIA, SC (May 21, 2012) – For 10 years running, a Columbia woman has played the Lottery. Her loyalty was rewarded Tuesday night with a $1 MILLION payday.
A Mega Millions® ticket made her a millionaire.
Her advice to other players: “Don’t give up,” she said.
The numbers she picked, 10, 11, 12, 14, and 24, were the lucky five white ball numbers at last. She spent the extra $1 for the Megaplier® option to increase her would be $200,000 prize to an automatic $1 MILLION. Had she matched the Megaball® number “6,” the jackpot would have been hers.
“I didn’t want to win it all at once,” she joked with lottery officials, so she plans to continue playing.
The winner told lottery officials she has family in Bishopville and stopped to buy the ticket at the Quik Mart of Bishopville #1 on N. Main St. Her family still doesn’t believe she won. She can hardly believe it herself.
“I haven’t slept,” she said awaiting the check. “But I’m pretty sure I will tonight.”
As for her plans, she’s keeping those to herself.
The odds of winning $1 MILLION playing Mega Millions® are 1 in 3,904,701.
Quik Mart of Bishopville #1 received a commission of $10,000 for selling the claimed ticket.
Since the start of the Lottery in 2002, more than one million college scholarships and grants have been awarded to South Carolina’s students. In all, more than $2.7 BILLION has been transferred to support educational programs in the Palmetto State.
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