COLUMBIA, SC (March 25, 2013) – An Anderson restaurant manager has won $200,000 playing the South Carolina Education Lottery.
Derek Ward’s giving $10,000 to an employee he asked to buy lottery tickets for him at the Quick Stop FoodMart on Clemson Blvd. in Anderson last Thursday. On a break, the two fellows scratched Ward’s tickets.
Moments later, they were high fiving and hugging in the restaurant.
“I told him if I win, I’d take care of him,” said Ward. “I’m just happy I can help him out.”
The fellows have worked together for two years and are friends. They laugh together nonstop.
Ward gave his friend the day off to enjoy with his girlfriend.
“Take her out,” he said. “I’m going back to work.”
Ward will celebrate later with a round of golf.
As of this release, three top prizes of $200,000 remain in the Crazy Wild 10s game. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 500,000.
For selling the claimed ticket, Quick Stop FoodMart in Anderson 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 $3 BILLION has been transferred to support educational programs in the Palmetto State.
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