COLUMBIA, SC (August 10, 2012) – While the $253 million Powerball® jackpot drawing for Saturday is turning heads, South Carolina’s own Palmetto Cash 5 game is hogging some of the spotlight.
Over the course of a month, five South Carolinians have laid claim to the coveted top prize playing Palmetto Cash 5. Unprecedented when you consider the Palmetto Cash 5 game averages about one top prizewinner a month.
A husband from Cross, SC, surprised his wife with a $500,000 Palmetto Cash 5 win. Winning tickets sold in Greenville, Sumter and Clover were cashed for $200,000. A Greenville man won $100,000.
Palmetto Cash 5 plays similarly to Powerball® but with five balls drawn instead of six. There are prizes for matching two numbers up to all five numbers. Tickets are $1 and drawings are every day at 6:59 p.m. For an extra $1, Palmetto Cash 5 players can Power-Up to see their winnings increased up to $500,000 when a five multiplier is selected.
Unlike Powerball®, played in 44 jurisdictions, Palmetto Cash 5 is only sold in South Carolina. To win the top prize, players must overcome 1 in 501,942 odds, less daunting when you weigh the 1 in 175,223,510 odds of winning the Powerball® jackpot.
But if it’s multi-millions you’re after, Saturday’s all-time top 10 Powerball® jackpot of $253 million with a cash payout of $170 million is your ticket. Play by 9:59 p.m. for the 10:59 p.m. drawing. Powerball tickets are $2 and available at lottery retailers statewide.
Six South Carolina Education Lottery players have been Powerball® jackpot winners, the last occurring in August of 2009 when Solomon Jackson Jr. of Columbia won $259 million.
Good luck, South Carolina.
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