COLUMBIA, SC (June 4, 2013) – Jerry Dalenta is debt free today.
In May, the Florence resident won $200,000 playing the South Carolina Education Lottery.
“I’m not a millionaire,” Dalenta joked. “But I sure am lucky!”
He spent $10 on a scratch-off ticket at the Save Mart 4 on E. Palmetto St. in Florence and phoned his wife from the store to tell her he won. She ordered him home.
The couple admits winning on the $200,000 Cash Xcitement ticket came as a welcome shock.
“It’s one of those things you’ll never forget,” Dalenta said.
As of this release, three top prizes of $200,000 remain in the game. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 600,000.
Save Mart 4 isn’t the only lucky lottery destination in Florence. A local woman, who asked not to have her name released, stopped at the C Mart on S. Irby St. last month and scratched a $10 Big Money ticket to win $250,000.
Like Dalenta, she is debt free.
“I felt like a whole new person walking in to work,” she said after winning the cash. “It was my lucky day.”
Odds of winning one of the four remaining top prizes in the Big Money game are 1 in 500,000.
For selling the claimed winning ticket, C Mart received a commission of $2,500. Save Mart 4 was awarded $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.