Darlington woman wins $125,000
By Bobby Bryant, Editor
Not long ago, a Darlington woman stopped at the Family Mart at 2240 Harry Byrd Highway to get a drink. While inside, she bought a South Carolina Education Lottery ticket for $5 – a scratch-off $125,000 Spectacular Extra Play ticket. Back in her car, she scratched off the thin material concealing the numbers. Bang! She won $125,000. The odds of that happening were 1 in 750,000. Education Lottery officials announced the win April 26. The winner’s name was withheld, which is standard procedure for the lottery, but the woman talked with lottery officials about her luck. The winner is thinking early retirement, lottery officials said in a statement. “Maybe one day I could quit my job,” she said. The win, she said, “really didn’t feel real until I cashed it in” at the lottery offices in Columbia. “Now it’s mine.” A store employee, who only wanted to be identified by his first name, Harry, told the News & Press that he sold the woman the magic ticket. “We are happy!” he said, standing next to a plastic display window showing an array of lottery tickets. He said that several years ago, the same store sold a $250,000 winning lottery ticket. The Family Mart that the $125,000 winner stopped at got a commission of $1,250 for selling the claimed ticket. Lottery officials announced last week that a man in neighboring Marlboro County got even luckier: The Bennettsville resident won $200,000. “I cried like a baby,” the unnamed man told lottery officials.