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USC student walks away with $125,000 after grandma buys him lottery ticket

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A University of South Carolina sophomore will have no problem paying this semester’s tuition after winning $125,000 by playing the lottery, according to a statement from the S.C. Education Lottery.

Collin Goff, of Florence, scratched off the winning ticket on Christmas day after his grandmother bought it for him as a gift, according to the statement.

Goff’s grandma buys each of the grandchildren two lottery tickets each Christmas. Goff chose to play the Quick $250 game.

“I was shocked,” Goff said, according to the statement. “We all were.”

With his winnings, Goff could pay for all four years of his tuition, which was listed as $12,262 for in-state students, according to USC’s website. He could also purchase 11,916 12-packs of Bud Light with his $125,000 winnings, if he is of age, of course.

“It hasn’t completely hit me yet,” Goff said. “I know I’m not going to do anything differently, just excited to start off 2019 on a good note.”

The odds of winning $125,000 playing Quick $250 are 1 in 480,000.

The winning ticket was purchased from the Sav A Step LCC in Florence.

Emily Bohatch is a breaking news reporter 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.


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