EUTAWVILLE — Gary West, owner of Bell’s Marina at Eutaw Springs, beamed Thursday morning as he confirmed that the store sold a Money Money Millionaire scratch-off ticket worth $1 million.
While the winner hasn’t stepped up to claim the prize yet, store clerk Midge Walters said she learned Wednesday that she sold the winning ticket to a lucky customer.
“I hopped up and down,” she said.
West said, “We won’t know until the ticket is claimed who the winner may be, if that information is released” by the S.C. Education Lottery Commission.
The Money Money Millionaire game began Feb. 5, 2013. By mid-April, three of the four $1 million prizes had been claimed – mostly in the Upstate area.
The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 1.5 million. The cost of the ticket was $10.
West said he’s excited that Walters and the store sold a winning ticket with such a high payout value.
Over the years, the store has sold a few winning tickets. The largest ticket sold, prior to Wednesday, was $10,000, Walters said.
“We’ve sold several winning tickets in the past, but never one of that amount,” West said.
After the Money Money Millionaire ticket is officially claimed by the patron who purchased it at Bell’s Marina, the store will receive a $10,000 commission.
Holli Armstrong, spokeswoman for the S.C. Education Lottery, said Thursday that the person who purchased the winning ticket should “sign the back of the ticket immediately and put the ticket in a safe location until they come forward to claim the prize.”
The winner must claim the prize by physically visiting the S.C. Education Lottery headquarters on Assembly Street in Columbia, Armstrong said.
According to the SCEL website, June 3, 2014 is the last day to redeem winning tickets in the Money Money Millionaire game.
Other $1 million winners in the Money Money Millionaire game include:
A Greer woman who purchased a ticket on Old Spartanburg Road. The prize was claimed on Feb. 15, 2013.
A Travelers Rest woman who purchased one on Poinsett Highway in Greenville. The prize was claimed April 4, 2013.
A Jonesville man who purchased a ticket on Highway 34 in Newberry. The prize was claimed April 16, 2013.
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