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4th 100,000 Carolina 5 winner comes forward

Columbia, SC: Four down, and one to go! Today the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) awarded Thomas Lawson, the 4th Carolina 5 winner, his winnings of $100,000.

Lawson, of Columbia, bought his ticket late Friday afternoon. He discovered on Saturday that he had one of the five winning Carolina 5 tickets from the previous weeks draw.

“After I found out I had to go take a shower,” Lawson said as he waited in the Columbia Claims center. “I called my brothers and sisters, but they didn’t believe me.”

An employee of Cherokee, Inc., Lawson said that his boss has given him tips on how to keep his money. “I’m going to save this. I don’t want to blow it.”

The winning ticket was purchased from NASIB, Inc. #1 at 1609 Leesburg Rd. in Columbia.

Since January 2002, the SCEL has returned over $92 million dollars to the State of South Carolina’s Lottery Education Fund. All of SCEL’s net proceeds go to pay for specific educational programs, including South Carolina’s HOPE, LIFE, Palmetto Fellows, National Guard and 2 year institution’s scholarship programs. For a complete listing of programs funded by lottery dollars, please visit our website: www.sceducationlottery.com

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