COLUMBIA, SC (July 25, 2012) – In an empty spot between the family photos and notes, a Piedmont man pinned a $250,000 Mega Millions® ticket to the refrigerator door. He thought it was as safe a place as any.
“It blended in with everything else we had there,” he said.
Saturday morning the man’s wife discovered his ticket was worth $250,000.
“Are you sure?” he asked. She was sure.
The $1 Mega Millions® ticket he purchased from the Hickory Point #36 on the Easley Hwy. in Piedmont for the July 20 drawing matched all five white ball numbers but missed the Megaball® number to win a quarter-of-a- million dollars (2, 44, 48, 50, and 52 MB: 3 / Megaplier: 3).
The winner, who declined to share his name, buys lottery tickets occasionally and always opts for the quick pick. Had he paid the extra $1 for Megaplier®, his $250,000 winnings would have been an automatic $1 million.
He’s not complaining.
“I’m happy,” he told lottery officials awaiting his check in Columbia. Being debt free is a good feeling.
For selling the claimed Mega Millions® ticket, Hickory Point #36 in Piedmont received a commission of $2,500.
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.
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