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These are the biggest lottery winners in South Carolina history


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The winner of the world’s largest single-ticket lottery prize ever stepped forward Monday to claim the $1.57 billion.

The winner, who has elected to remain anonymous, will receive a one-time cash payout of more than $877 million, South Carolina Education Lottery officials said. That’s about $500 million more than the state’s next-biggest jackpot winner.

Hot-dog buns or lotto tickets? Powerball winner made lucky pick

In September 2013, a Columbia-area man claimed a $400 million Powerball jackpot in what was only his second time playing the lottery, officials said.

On the day of the Powerball drawing, the man had stopped for gas at a Murphy Express in Lexington when his wife called and told him to pick up hot-dog buns, officials said. He didn’t find any buns, but he did leave with $20 in Powerball tickets.

The next day, the man learned he was the winner of the almost-$400 million jackpot, which at the time was the fourth-largest in game history.

SC pastor makes lottery history

The third-largest winner in state history was a pastor. Unlike other winners, the Rev. Solomon Jackson Jr. stepped into the limelight to claim his $260 million prize.

Jackson bought the ticket at the Murphy USA gas station in front of Walmart on Garners Ferry Road in Columbia.

He grew up in Columbia and retired from the state Department of Revenue. Jackson reportedly gave some of his earnings for education purposes, including $500,000 to buy two 56-seat luxury coach buses for Benedict College.

Other big South Carolina Education Lottery winners

Other winners who hit it big playing the South Carolina Education Lottery include:

► Anthony and Monica Wilson of Charlotte, who were identified as the winners of a $88 million jackpot in 2003. A store near Fort Mill sold the state’s first-ever winning Powerball ticket from the Red Rocket on U.S. 21 near Fort Mill. The ticket was worth $48.8 million if paid out in a lump sum.

Anthony Wilson said he didn’t realize that he had the winner among the 60 tickets he bought until the morning after the drawing.

“I almost had a heart attack,” he told lottery officials.

The couple said they planned to give some of the money to their church and pay off their house in Fort Mill so they could live debt-free.

► Another North Carolina resident bought a Powerball ticket in South Carolina worth $65.8 million in June 2004 and chose to remain anonymous.

Lottery officials said the woman was a first-time Powerball player driving back from Atlanta when she stopped three times to buy tickets.

The winning ticket was purchased from the Spinx Sonoco station off Interstate 85 in Townville.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The winner of the world’s largest lottery prize ever to win on a single ticket claimed the cash Monday. Here's a look at other record lottery wins.

Mega Millions lottery jackpot winner is a South Carolina woman who was visiting Greenville


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The winner of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot has been identified as a “she,” but is still choosing to remain anonymous, according to a press release from her attorney.

The anonymous winner is a South Carolinian who was visiting Greenville from out of town and chose to take a “scenic drive during some down time” when she passed the KC Mart in Simpsonville. She decided to purchase a ticket there after the sign advertising the huge jackpot “caught her eye,” the release said.

When she realized she was the winner the morning after the drawing, “complete shock and disbelief” set in and she jumped in joy, the release said.

Her prize, which she opted to take her winnings as a one-time payment of $877,784,124, was the largest jackpot in U.S. history.

After drawing the ticket in Simpsonville last October, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that the winner claimed her prize, sparking widespread speculation over why a winner hadn’t come forward. According to the release, the anonymous woman was researching how to remain anonymous and manage her sudden influx of cash.

CJ Patel, owner of the KC Mart in Simpsonville, says the record-breaking Mega Millions prize isn’t the first big winning lottery ticket he’s sold. The Greenville News

She is donating some of her winnings to the City of Simpsonville Arts Center, among other charities to “show her appreciation” to South Carolina and Simpsonville, according to the release. The others include:

  • Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Columbia, S.C.
  • One S.C. Fund – for Hurricane Florence Relief
  • In The Middle, Columbia, S.C.
  • American Red Cross Alabama Region – Tornado Relief Fund

The anonymous winner is being represented by New York attorney Jason Kurland, who specializes in lottery winning, according to his firm’s website. Some of his other large-lottery winning clients include:

  • Putnam Avenue Family Trust, winner of a $254.2 million Connecticut Powerball lottery.
  • Rainbow Sherbert Trust, winner of a $336.4 million Rhode Island Powerball jackpot.
  • The Ning Trust, winner of a $121.6 million Powerball jackpot in Delaware two years ago.

New details emerged Thursday on the Mega Millions lottery winner. The ticket was purchased in Simpsonville. ]]>