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Lost $200,000 Lottery Ticket Found by Owner
3/31/2015 8:45:06 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (March 31, 2015) After months of searching, a Colleton County man found his lost $200,000 lottery ticket.

Im so relieved, he told lottery officials when he cashed in the winning ticket.

He says he bought the Carolina Red scratch-off in November at Sonnys Sunoco on Bells Hwy. in Walterboro. The happy moment turned sour, when he reached in his pocket for the ticket and it was gone.

Devastated, he went through his trash, searched outside on the ground, and tore his house apart, but there was no sign of the winning ticket.

I felt stupid, he said.

But, he never gave up looking, and four months later found the ticket hidden in his bedroom.

Initially hed planned to pay off some bills with the prize money, but after everything he went through has decided to use the winnings to help his brother, his sister and his church.

Hell keep working, but says if hes lucky enough to ever win again hell take the day off from work to immediately claim the prize.

Ive learned a very good lesson, he said. Dont put things off.

The Colleton County man claimed the last top prize of $200,000 in the Carolina Red game. Odds of winning $200,000 are 1 in 600,000.

For selling the claimed ticket, Sonnys Sunoco in Walterboro received a commission of $2,000.

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