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Carolina 5 Mystery Solved

Columbia, SC: Mystery solved. On Thursday, August 8, 2002, the Sumter woman holding the missing Carolina 5 winning ticket came forth to claim her prize of $100,000 taxes paid.

The Manning native, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased her winning ticket at the Piggly Wiggly on 1011 Broad Street in Sumter. The drawing she entered was held on July 26, 2002. There were two $100,000 taxes paid winners. The winning tickets were purchased in Sumter and Rock Hill.

“My girlfriend kept telling me, ‘Someone in Sumter won’,” said the woman. “I just never checked my ticket until this morning around 2.”

The newest member of the Winning Lottery Family said she chose her numbers using a family combination. “I have 2 girls. There are 4 members in my family. I used my daughters ages (17 and 29) and I moved back to Sumter 21 years ago.”

The Manning native says she’ll pay some of her bills and take a nice trip to visit her daughter in California.

On Monday, July 29, 2002, Patricia Hustis came forth to claim her $100,000. She purchased her winning Carolina 5 ticket at Elliot’s Exxon on Cherry Hill Road in Rock Hill. Hustis chose her Carolina 5 winning numbers using her 5 grandchildren’s birthdates. She found out she was a winner on that Saturday, her 48th birthday.

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