COLUMBIA, SC (April 23, 2013) – Anthony Fernandez rarely buys a lottery ticket, maybe once every couple of years.
But in line at the Corner Pantry #148 on W. Boyce St. in Manning, he watched the lady in front of him buy several lottery tickets and figured he’d take a chance too. He asked the clerk, LaTonya, to pick him out a $5 ticket.
She handed over a winner.
“No matter how many times I looked at it, it said I won $100,000,” he said.
He told his girlfriend first, who was surprised he bought the ticket in the first place. She’ll tell you he’s tight with his money. Fernandez doesn’t disagree with her.
“I’ll play again in another year or two,” he said.
In the meantime, he’s shopping for a new truck. He told lottery officials he’s found one he likes but is holding out for a better deal.
“I don’t want to waste it,” he said.
As of this release, three top prizes of $100,000 remain in the $5 Double-Up Dollars game. Odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 400,000.
For selling the claimed ticket, Corner Pantry #148 in Manning received a commission of $1,000.
To date, lottery play has resulted in more than $3 BILLION transferred to support education.
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