COLUMBIA, SC (March 26, 2013) – A Cottageville man, who only buys a ticket when the jackpot gets high, spent $20 for a shot at Saturday’s $320 million Powerball® jackpot.
“I told my girlfriend you have to play to win it,” he said. “Only people like us don’t win.”
He didn’t win the jackpot. He won $1 million.
Sunday morning over a pot of coffee, he checked the tickets and one row matched all five of the white ball numbers drawn (17, 29, 31, 52, and 53, PB: 31). Had the Powerball® number matched, a share of the $320 million jackpot would have been his. When he stood up to go tell his girlfriend, his heart was pounding.
“I was a nervous wreck after that,” he said.
He kept the $1 million ticket in a plastic sandwich bag in his pants pocket. His hand shook as he handed the winning ticket over to the Lottery for verification.
“That much money will change our lives,” he said.
“He told me I could get whatever I want,” his girlfriend said wiping away tears.
The millionaire is buying a brand new truck and wants his girlfriend to have a new car too.
“We ran out of cola,” he said explaining why he stopped at the Cottageville BP where he saw the posted jackpot and decided to play.
The Cottageville BP received a commission of $10,000 for selling the claimed ticket. This is the second $1 million winning ticket sold at this location. In February of last year, a Summerville woman won $1 million on a Mega Millions® ticket.
The odds of winning $1 million playing Powerball® are 1 in 5,153,633.
To date, lottery play has resulted in more than $3 BILLION transferred to support education.