Columbia SC store sells woman’s lottery jackpot ticket twice

It was deja vu.

For the second time in two years, a Midlands woman has purchased a winning six-figure lottery ticket. And she bought both jackpot-winning scratch games at the same Columbia storeSouth Carolina Educational Lottery officials said in a news release.

After recently winning $200,000 on a lottery ticket, the woman said she is “starting to think” she is lucky, according to the statement.

And just like when she won $250,000 in 2020, the woman said discovering her prize left her weak in the knees, according to lottery officials.

The woman bought the two winning tickets at the Spring Valley convenience store on the Sparkleberry Lane extension, according to the press release. It’s near the intersection with Two Notch Road, less than a mile from Spring Valley High School.

If hitting it hard while playing the lottery at the same store wasn’t coincidence enough, the woman was with the same people both times she won, lottery officials said. This time, the woman said they believed her when she told them she had won, according to the statement.

The woman’s name has not been released because South Carolina is one of eight states – along with Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas – which allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.

The woman did not say how she spent her first windfall, but told lottery officials she had specific plans for that prize.

“I had a lot of fun with the early wins and enjoyed every moment of it,” she said in the statement. “This time I’m going to buy a house.”

Lottery officials said the odds of win $200,000 in 20X The Money were 1 in 870,000, and one of the top four scratch prizes remains unclaimed.

The convenience store received a $2,000 commission for the sale of the claimed winning ticket, according to the statement.

This story was originally published June 12, 2022 12:53 p.m.

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