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Winner Waits a Week to Scratch-Off $500,000 Win

6/7/2021 2:58:51 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (June 7, 2021) – A lottery ticket that was left in a car for a week, when scratched won an Upstate player $500,000.

“I didn’t hesitate,” said the winner. “I drove straight to Columbia to cash it in.”

The winner told South Carolina Education Lottery officials he had unknowingly been riding around with the ticket worth half-a-million dollars in his car for a week after purchasing it from the Stop-A-Minit #15 on Pelham Rd. in Greenville. The prize still has him shaking his head.

“It’s surreal,” he said of the $500,000 win. “That’s the only way I know how to describe it.”

The winner overcame odds of 1 in 660,000 to leave three more top prizes of $500,000 remaining in the ($10) $500,000 Extreme game.

Stop-A-Minit #15 in Greenville received a commission of $5,000 for selling the claimed ticket.

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