About the Lottery - Employment Opportunities
News
[Back to News Articles]        
$2 MILLION Powerball® Winner Thinking Early Retirement
11/2/2012 11:14:08 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (November 2, 2012) – A Lexington man has claimed a $2 million Powerball® prize.

The newly-minted millionaire told lottery officials yesterday started out normal enough. He was cooking breakfast for his family and listening to gospel music when he remembered he had a Powerball® ticket out in his truck. When he checked the numbers, he cried.

“I broke down,” he said, amazed the ticket he purchased from the Corner Pantry #133 on Farrow Rd. in Columbia was worth $2 million.

The winner, a supervisor in Lexington, successfully matched the first five numbers drawn Wednesday night (1, 27, 31, 45, and 48 PB: 5). Had the red Powerball® number matched, the $110 million jackpot would have been his. He’s not disappointed with the results.

The millionaire is thinking long term and investing the winnings so early retirement will be a real possibility.

For now, he’s going back to work.

“My wife told me I was never going to win,” he said. “I had faith.”

Paying the extra $1 for PowerPlay® is what increased his would be $1 million prize to $2 million.

The odds of winning $2 MILLION playing Powerball® are 1 in 5,153,633.

Corner Pantry #133 in Columbia received a commission of $20,000 for selling the claimed ticket.

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 $2.9 BILLION has been transferred to support educational programs in the Palmetto State.

# # #


[Back to News Articles]        
Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of all information contained on this site. This site, however, is not the final authority on games, winning numbers, or other information. All winning tickets must be validated by the SCEL before prizes will be paid. You must be 18 years of age or older to play the games of the South Carolina Education Lottery. Our site is constantly updated with new information. Please check back often.
© Copyright 2005, South Carolina Education Lottery. All rights reserved.