Columbia-area man claims $400 million Powerball prize, wants to remain anonymous

jself@thestate.comSeptember 23, 2013 

Powerball Jackpot

RICHARD SHIRO — AP

That man, who wants to remain anonymous, claimed a $400 million Powerball jackpot Monday, telling the S.C. Education Lottery that he hit it big only on his second time playing the lottery.

On Wednesay, the day of the Powerball drawing, the man had stopped for gas at the Murphy Express on Augusta Road/U.S. 1 in Lexington when his wife called to ask him to pick up hot dog buns.

He went into the store and did not find any buns, but left with $20 in Powerball tickets.

The next day, the man learned that he is the winner of a $400 million jackpot drawn Wednesday -- the largest ever in South Carolina history and the fourth largest in game history.

He was at home alone Thursday when he realized he had won. With no one home to tell, the man told his dog, according to a news release from the S.C. Education Lottery.

The state of South Carolina will get an additional $15 million in tax revenue and an additional $2 million in support of education.

Murphy Express will receive a $50,000 bonus now that the prize has been claimed, according to an S.C. Education Lottery release.

Powerball players won prizes between $4 up to the jackpot in Wednesday’s drawing. A $1 million Powerball ticket also drawn Wednesday remains unclaimed. The ticket was sold at a Tiger Express in Hampton.

This is South Carolina’s 7th Powerball jackpot win and its largest at $399.4 million. South Carolina’s Mega Millions jackpot currently is at $160 million.

Reach Self at (803)771-8658

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