COLUMBIA, SC (May 22, 2012) – Running on empty, Cathy Mantooth pulled into the Rainbow Gas Garden #7 in Lexington.
“I never stop at that store,” said Mantooth, but a long wait at a fast food drive thru had almost emptied her tank and her patience.
In a reversal of fortune, the Lexington resident went inside the store and bought a $5 lottery ticket, scratched, and won $100,000.
“I started shaking,” she said, overwhelmed she beat the 1 in 312,000 odds on the Muscle Car MoneyTM scratch-off to take the game’s first top prize.
Lottery offices are closed on the weekend, so to keep her mind off of the money Mantooth spent the day with a friend and her family at Frankie’s Fun Park. She locked the ticket in the glove box, but couldn’t stop thinking about the $100,000 waiting for her.
Mantooth, who works for an insurance broker, has been living at home with her parents. That’s going to change. She’s using the winnings to buy land for a house.
“I’m so excited,” she said.
As of this release, three top prizes of $100,000 remain in the Muscle Car MoneyTM game.
For selling the claimed ticket, Rainbow Gas Garden #7 received a commission of $1,000.
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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