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Union Stay-at-Home Mom Wins $10,000 Prize
5/31/2012 8:45:51 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (May 31, 2012) – Carrie Parks spent $1 on a lottery ticket and won $10,000. The stay-at-home mother of three told lottery officials it was only the second ticket she had ever bought.

In Union, Parks’ friends and family are hoping for a little beginner’s luck of their own.

“Everybody I know is buying tickets,” she said.

Her winning Junior Jumbo Bucks ticket came from the Li’l Cricket #807 on W. Main St. in Union. For selling the claimed ticket, the store was issued a $100 commission.

Parks scratched the card in the store’s parking lot. Her 10-year-old son was the first to realize she won. She told lottery officials he started jumping up and down and screaming, “You won! You won!”

Her son is hoping to be rewarded with a cell phone, but mom is paying bills first and taking the family on a vacation.

As of this release, seven top prizes of $10,000 remain in the $1 Junior Jumbo Bucks game. The odds of winning $10,000 are 1 in 750,000.

Lottery Winning Streak in Union Continues

A Union man, who declined to release his name, has won $100,000 on a Money Maker scratch-off purchased from the Kangaroo Express #1509 on S. Pine St. in Spartanburg. His daughter-in-law told lottery officials the gentleman wishes to keep the win private and has told only a few family members.

He beat the 1 in 480,000 odds on the $5 Money Maker ticket to leave two top prizes of $100,000 remaining in the game. The retailer received a $1,000 commission when the ticket was claimed.

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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