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4/11/2006 2:48:58 PM

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Columbia, SC: The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) Columbia Claims Center has been extremely busy in the last 24 hours. More than $2.5 million has been won in prizes, including the top prize in the instant ticket Carolina Millionaires Club.

The winning frenzy started on Monday, April 10, 2006, when a Spartanburg woman won $1 million on the Carolina Millionaires Club instant ticket.

“I went over to the little stand and I was scratching and scratching.” She didn’t expect the ticket to be a winner until she began to scratch the last line. “It said 22 and I had a 22 and I scratched underneath and it said one million and I said, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!’”

The winner does plan to do something for herself, “I might get a new car and give $5,000 to the American Cancer Society.” She is a two-time breast cancer survivor and hopes to avoid any publicity.

The ticket was purchased at Piedmont Petro Corner Mart, located at 602 N.E. Main Street in Simpsonville.

Less than an hour later, Aaron Layne, of Manning, walked in with his winning Palmetto Cash 5 ticket.

“I watched the drawing and started jumping up and down like Rick Flair going woooh!” said Layne. “I quick picked the first one. Then the second one, I picked my daughter’s birth month, my son’s age, his birth date, my wife’s birth date and my wife’s age. And those were the numbers they hit.”

Layne picked his winning numbers at Sav A Way #14, located at 10 Harvin Street, in Manning.

Within minuets of Layne leaving with his winnings, Teresa Patrick walked in the Columbia Claims Center. Barely.

“My knees are knocking. I’ve been sick to my stomach,” said the 38 year-old. “I just missed Powerball by one number. I had 34 and the Powerball was 35.”

Patrick matched all five white balls to win $200,000. She also paid the extra $1 for the PowerPlay® option which multiplied her winnings to $600,000.

“Today my dad got out of ICU. I hit the lottery! This was just a miracle,” said Patrick. “I am going to pay off the house, pay off my mother’s house and buy a new car!”

Patrick purchased her ticket at Garden Spot Food Store located on 1913 Cedar Lane Road in Greenville.

Just before 3:30p.m., Jerome Gaines, of Columbia, came in with a smile. He won $200,000 on Palmetto Cash 5. He purchased his winning ticket at Gas Express, located at 5102 Two Notch Road, in Columbia.

“I have a set of play slips I just chose from,” said Gaines. He plans to buy a house with his winnings.

This was the first time Gaines played his numbers at this store.

On Tuesday, April 11, 2006, St. Matthews native Jasper Lykes became the proud winner of $300,000. He won the top prize on Palmetto Cash 5.

“I saw the drawing and couldn’t remember the numbers,” said Lykes. “I left my ticket in the truck. I couldn’t sleep last night.”

Lykes isn’t a frequent player.

“I only play in spurts. So when I get a feeling to play, I just play,” said Lykes. “I plan to buy some land near my home and buy a van for my church.”

He purchased his ticket at St. Matthews BP #104, located at Hwy #6 & SC 9-280, in St. Matthews.

Lottery winnings of more than $75,000 must be redeemed at the Columbia Claims Center. Winnings up to $500 can be cashed at the store level. Winnings of more than $500 up to and including $75,000 can be redeemed at SCEL’s regional redemption centers in Greenville and Mt. Pleasant.

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