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12/27/2007 3:51:51 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (December 27, 2007) – “It feels good!” That’s the reaction from a North Augusta man who walked into the Columbia Claims Center to cash in a winning Powerball® ticket worth a whopping $200,000!

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, waited almost a week to find out he was a winner. “I bought the ticket for the Saturday, December 15 Powerball® drawing, but I didn’t check the numbers until December 20.”

Why did he wait several days to check his numbers? “I usually have the cashier run my tickets through the lottery terminal when I buy tickets for the next Powerball® drawing, so there’s a delay knowing if I’m a winner or not,” he explained. “I might change my routine now and check my numbers sooner,” the player laughed. He bought his ticket at Circle K Stores #5340 in North Augusta.

The 39-year-old winner plans to use his cash to pay off his house then save the rest. He says Powerball® is his favorite Lottery game. The player used the quick pick option to pick his numbers. He correctly matched all five white ball numbers but missed the red Powerball® number. The winning numbers in the December 15 drawing were 22, 37, 47, 48, and 50. The Powerball® was 17 and the PowerPlay® multiplier was 3. There were no jackpot winners in the $15 million drawing. The jackpot now stands at $42 million for Saturday’s drawing.

Since its inception in 2002, the South Carolina Education Lottery has launched more than 240 instant games and five online games. Currently, SCEL offers approximately 30 instant games and four online games. SCEL produces an average of four new games each month in a variety of themes, play styles, and price points of $1-$10 and in a wide range of prize levels. During the past five years, the support the South Carolina Education Lottery has received from players and retailers is responsible for the General Assembly appropriating more than $1.74 billion for educational purposes from 2002 through fiscal year 2008.

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