Spending an extra dollar would have quadrupled a Hephzibah woman's $250,000 South Carolina lottery prize, but she is not sweating it.
"We've been reminded of that extra $1," said the winner in a statement from the S.C. Education Lottery. "But I'm pretty much content."
She had purchased her winning Mega Millions ticket from Mo Convenience and Tobacco Store in Beech Island, S.C. If she had opted for a Megaplier ticket, her haul would have been $1 million.
"I've never been a lavish spender, so I'm not going straight to the mall," she said. "This money is going to cushion my retirement."
Like an increasing number of lottery winners, the Georgia woman asked the lottery agency to protect her identity.
Since the recession, more winners ask that their sudden wealth be kept secret, said Holli Armstrong, spokeswoman for the Education Lottery. But there are exceptions.
"On occasion it's, ‘Sure take my picture, I'll do anything you want,'" said the agency spokeswoman.
"One fellow used his money to pay off his house. For him the money was already spent anyway."
There may be another trend afoot: Georgians taking home South Carolina's lottery winnings.
Armstrong said on Tuesday an Atlanta truck driver who had purchased a lottery ticket in the Upstate of South Carolina claimed his $200,000 Palmetto Cash 5 prize.
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