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S.C. Tourist Wins the Lottery and Will Make the Palmetto State Home
10/15/2012 12:33:22 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (October 15, 2012) – Vacationing in Charleston, a San Antonio, TX, man has won the Lottery.

The winner, who did not wish to be identified, won $200,000 last week on a $10 Platinum Payout 25X scratch-off purchased from the Hess Mart on Hwy. 7 in Charleston. He claimed the prize on Friday.

His family and friends in the area will be seeing a lot more of him. With the winnings, he’s leaving Texas for the Carolina coast.

The winner was with friends when he bought the ticket. While the fellows were out in the car with their chips and drinks, he was alone in the store scratching four lottery tickets. The last one delivered him the $200,000.

“I grabbed my chest,” he told lottery officials reliving the moment. “Then I put the ticket in my pocket and left.”

He was speechless when he rejoined the group. He told no one, and isn’t sure if he’s ready to yet.

“I’ve never had this much money before,” he said seeing the check for the first time. “This is just too much.”

As of this release, five top prizes remain in the Platinum Payout 25X game. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 500,000.

For selling the claimed ticket, Hess Mart #40229 in Charleston received a commission of $2,000.

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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