COLUMBIA, SC (April 2, 2014) – A Gray Court man didn’t tell his wife he won the Lottery. He let the clerk that sold him the winning ticket do the honors.
Debra Moore was working the morning shift at the Sav-Way #209 on Hwy. 76 W. in Hickory Tavern when one of her regular customers returned with a winning scratch-off worth $200,000.
The winner told lottery officials he was trading in a $10 winning ticket for the Instant Jackpot ticket he scratched sitting out in his truck in the store’s parking lot. When he saw the six-figure payday, he rushed back inside for Moore to look the ticket over.
“I was tickled for him,” Moore said. “He works hard and if anybody deserves it, he does.”
The winner had one request of Moore. A bit shaken by the win, he asked if she would break the news to his wife. They called his wife to the store, and Moore took her aside and quietly told her the good news.
“We hugged each other and cried,” said Moore.
The wife says her husband’s appearance gave little away.
“He was as calm as can be,” the winner’s wife said.
“I was scared to death,” the winner admitted.
He says he’s going to keep working seven days a week and playing the Lottery.
“When I get the notion, I’ll buy a ticket,” he said.
This is the second big lottery win at the Sav-Way store. In 2008 they sold a $200,000 winning Powerball® ticket.
The Gray Court man claimed the last top prize of $200,000 in the $10 Instant Jackpot game. Odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 428,571.43.
For selling the claimed ticket, Sav-Way #209 in Gray Court received a commission of $2,000.