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West Columbia Woman Wins $1 Million, Missing Powerball® Jackpot by One Number for Second Time
11/8/2013 10:31:50 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (November 8, 2013) – When a West Columbia woman won $200,000 playing Powerball® three years ago, she told her husband, “We’ll never win again.”

He woke her up Wednesday night to tell her she was wrong.

Unable to sleep, her husband got up and checked his Powerball® ticket and recognized the winning numbers as the family birth dates his wife plays. He found her ticket and saw where she matched the first five numbers (1, 5, 10, 15, and 49 PB: 22), one number short of the jackpot.

She overcame odds of more than 1 in 5 million once more to win Powerball’s® second best prize. That prize was $200,000 in 2010 when she won, but today it’s $1 MILLION.

“He told me to get up and look at the ticket, but I told him I can’t see, I don’t have my glasses on,” she said.

He fetched her glasses and the realization she was a millionaire kept her awake for the rest of the night.

The retired couple paid off their house and saved a good bit of the first win, but they are enjoying this one. His and her cars and a new house are at the top of their wish list.

Had she spent the extra $1 for PowerPlay® the $1 million prize would be twice that.

“We aren’t greedy,” said the husband. “We’ll hit the big one before we go.”

Bobb’s Food and Fuel in Lexington received a commission of $10,000 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 $3.2 BILLION has been transferred to support educational programs in the Palmetto State.

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