COLUMBIA, SC (October 17, 2012) – Most lottery winners lose sleep waiting to claim a big prize, but a young man from Georgetown lost his appetite.
The college student was filling up his car at the Georgetown Ice Company on Fraser St. when he beat the 1 in 624,000 odds on the Green and Gold scratch-off ticket to win $200,000.
He called his parents from his car.
“We didn’t believe him,” said his dad who was in the yard with his wife when their son called. “I reached over and pulled a weed out of the flower bed and then went for a walk up the street thinking he was kidding.”
“I told him to come home,” said his mother.
When the winner got home with the ticket and couldn’t speak, his parent’s knew he was telling the truth.
To celebrate, the family went to Applebee’s. Everyone, but the winner, ate.
He went two days without eating. His first meal after cashing in the ticket: pizza and hot wings.
“That’s been his favorite since he was a little kid,” said his dad. “I hope he’s hungry.”
As of this release, three top prizes remain in the Green and Gold game.
For selling the claimed ticket, Georgetown Ice Company in Georgetown 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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