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6/9/2006 9:43:28 AM

Columbia, SC: “Pay me the MONEY!” is what the group of Upstate dispatchers chanted at the South Carolina Education Lottery’s (SCEL) Columbia Claims Center late Thursday, June 8. Four of the 10-member group drove down from the Upstate to claim their share of the $1 million match five win in the Wednesday, June 7, Powerball® drawing.

The group of ten pitches-in a few dollars on occasion to vie for the big jackpot. “Everybody picks their own numbers except for one person,” said Thomas Whitt, of Spartanburg. “She does the quick pick.”

The white numbers for that Powerball® drawing were: 4, 10, 20, 26, and 40. The Powerball® was 8 and the PowerPlay® number was 5. To win the match 5 cash prize of $200,000, a player must match all five white balls. The group paid the extra dollar for the PowerPlay® option, which multiplies any non-jackpot prize by the number selected. Because the PowerPlay® number drawn was 5, their $200,000 prize became $1 million.

Out of all of the numbers the group selected, Whitt’s numbers won. “I just use the interstate numbers,” he said. “I guess all my life anytime I needed to pick numbers, I would use the interstate numbers. And it seems like they do come up a lot.”

This isn’t the first time Whitt has won with his personal set of numbers, “I won $500 on Bingo nearly 10 years ago.”
When the group was asked if Whitt was their favorite person, “Today he is,” the group stated.
The four group members stated they will use their winnings to pay off some bills.

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