After 16 years of playing, Columbia man scores a winning lottery ticket

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After 16 years of playing the lottery, a Columbia man has finally walked out with a winning ticket, according to a statement from the South Carolina Education Lottery.

A $125,000 Quick $250 game ticket was sold at J and S Food Mart #8 in Columbia, according to the statement.

The winner suspected the ticket he purchased was unlucky because it was the first one on the roll, according to the statement. But the 1 in 480,000 odds turned in his favor.

“I was shocked,” he said, according to the statement. “I’ve never had this kind of money.”

His wife added that the couple will continue to be just as happy as they were before winning.

“... it will be nice to have a little extra money,” she said.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.