COLUMBIA, SC (June 26, 2012) – A Taylors man bought his wife a lottery ticket to scratch, then decided he wanted it back.
“I’ve got a winner, but I don’t believe it,” she told her husband, who was driving them home from running errands.
Keeping one hand on the steering wheel, he reached for the Muscle Car MoneyTM scratch-off to see for himself. The ticket was worth $100,000.
To be absolutely sure they won, he drove back to the Food Shop in Marietta where the clerk that sold him the ticket confirmed his suspicions. Customers in the store rushed to shake the winner’s hand and congratulate him.
When he got home, he placed the ticket in his dresser drawer.
“My wife didn’t think that was a safe place, so she put it in her pocketbook,” he said.
His wife told lottery officials she started spending the cash in her mind right away. New paint for the house, refinished floors and gifts for the grandkids crossed her mind. Her husband thought about a new truck and more breakfast trips to McDonalds with the family.
Waiting for the check at the Lottery’s Claims Center in Columbia, his wife had second thoughts.
“I wonder if I’ll be stingy with it,” she grinned.
As of this release, two top prizes of $100,000 remain in the $5 Muscle Car MoneyTM game. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 312,000.
For selling the claimed ticket, Food Shop in Marietta 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 $2.8 BILLION has been transferred to support educational programs in the Palmetto State.