COLUMBIA, SC (September 14, 2012) – About 10 miles separates two lucky lottery retailers in Spartanburg that sold back-to-back top prize winning Palmetto Cash 5 tickets last week.
The Wilco Hess #912 on E. Main St. sold a $200,000 winning ticket to a Gaffney man for the Wednesday, September 5 drawing. Across town, a local woman purchased a ticket from the Hot Spot #2011 on N. Blackstock Rd. and won $100,000 the following evening.
Both winners picked their own numbers.
The Gaffney man played his grandchildren’s birth dates (10, 13, 16, 23, and 29), while the Spartanburg woman drew inspiration from license tag numbers (7, 16, 23, 29, and 33) she saw driving home from a vacation.
“I guess everyone has their own method,” said the Gaffney winner, who plans to share some of prize money with family. “I was tickled to death to win.”
Paying the extra $1 for Power-Up increased the Gaffney man’s would be $100,000 prize to $200,000. The Spartanburg winner admits she never spends the extra $1.
“I always say I’m not going to win,” she said. “Y’all proved me a liar.”
The odds of winning $100,000 playing Palmetto Cash 5 are 1 in 501,942; the odds of winning $200,000 are 1 in 1,003,844.
For selling the claimed tickets, each retailer received a 1 percent commission once the prize was claimed. The Wilco Hess #912 received $2,000, and the Hot Spot #2011 received $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.
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