Sept. 24, 2013 – The single ticket that matched all six Powerball numbers drawn Wednesday, Sept. 19 was traded in Monday for the $400 million jackpot prize.
The winner, a man from the Columbia area of South Carolina, according to the South Carolina Education Lottery, chose to remain anonymous when he claimed his prize, though he did tell the Lottery the story of his big Powerball win.
The man told Lottery officials that this was only the second time he’d ever played the lottery, and when he stopped at the Murphy Express on Augusta Rd. in Lexington, he bought his tickets on a whim.
In fact, he was filling up his gas tank last Wednesday when his wife called, asking him to pick up hot dog buns. He walked into the Express store, saw the jackpot advertisement, and plunked down $20 for Powerball tickets.
Unfortunately, the store doesn’t sell hot dog buns.
That night, the numbers 7,10,22,32,35, and the red Powerball 19 made the Columbia man South Carolina’s biggest Powerball winner ever, and the seventh South Carolina Powerball winner to hit the jackpot.