$250,000 winning scratch off game lottery prize sold in SC


One Midlands man knows how to keep a secret.

Even the expression on his face didn’t change when he realized he’d won $250,000 on a scratch-off game, South Carolina Lottery officials said Tuesday in a news release.

After discovering the quarter of a million dollar windfall, the man kept his cool and walked out of the convenience store/gas station as if nothing had happened, according to the release.

“I’m keeping it a secret,” the man said in the release. He’ll have some help keeping it mum.

The man’s name was not released because South Carolina is one of eight states — along with Delaware, Kansas, Georgia, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas — that allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.

He confessed to telling one person about the big payday — his wife.

“My wife knows,” the man said in the release. “I needed a second set of eyes to look at the ticket.”

He won the six-figure jackpot on a $10 Carolina Black Diamond scratch-off game, which he bought at at the 4 Way of Elloree, according to the release. The store is on Old Number Six Hwy. in Orangeburg County.

Lottery officials said the man overcame 585,000-to-1 odds to win and claim one of the Carolina Black Diamond game’s top prizes. Two more of the game’s top prizes remains unclaimed, according to the release.

The winner said he’ll be debt free now, but did not reveal any other plans for his newfound fortune.

The 4 Way of Elloree store received a commission of $2,500 for selling the winning ticket, according to the release.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State focused on breaking news, public safety and trending news. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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