COLUMBIA, SC (October 18, 2012) – A winning lottery ticket is giving a Greenville man a fresh start.
The winner, who did not wish to be identified, told lottery officials he’s using the $200,000 he won on a $10 scratch-off ticket to take care of himself and his family.
“This will put me where I need to be,” he stated.
The gentleman has lived in Greenville his whole life and used to work construction jobs in the area. Hard times hit, and he’s been living at a rescue mission. He’s not ashamed to admit he needed help, he’s just gratefully the shelter was there to help him.
“I went into the rescue mission to get my life together,” he said.
The winner told lottery officials he bought the lucky ticket yesterday at Simons Liquors Inc. on W. Washington St. He screamed, jumped, and smiled when he saw the two followed by five zeroes. He sat up all night admiring the ticket. His brother drove him to Columbia this morning to collect the prize.
“I’m getting my own place,” the winner said.
As of this release, two top prizes remain in The Color of Money game. Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 440,000.
For selling the claimed ticket, Simons Liquors Inc. in Greenville received a commission of $2,000.
The Lottery urges everyone to please play responsibly.
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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