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Andy Patel sold a winning $200,000 Palmetto Cash 5 ticket Tuesday night at the Palm Pantry #1 in Bamberg. The winner has not yet claimed the prize.

Luck struck again at a Bamberg gas station.

Andy Patel, an employee at the Palm Pantry #1 on Main Highway, received a call Wednesday from a representative of the South Carolina Education Lottery.

He learned the store sold a $200,000 ticket in the Palmetto Cash 5 game.

The player matched all five numbers drawn Tuesday night to win the $100,000 top prize. Because the ticket holder “powered-up” for an additional $1, the $100,000 top prize was doubled to $200,000 when a two was drawn.

This is the fourth Palmetto Cash 5 top prize win in the state this month, bringing the total payout to $1.1 million for those lucky enough to match all five numbers drawn.

Patel said the winner had not claimed their prize as of Wednesday afternoon.

Players are encouraged to check their tickets for the winning numbers: 11, 16, 17, 18, and 19; power-up: 2. Winners have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prizes.

Patel said it feels good to have sold a winning ticket -- another winning ticket that is.

He said the store has sold multiple winning tickets in 2017 alone. The tickets included $10,000 in October, $2,000 in September and $1,000 in August.

The $200,000 prize this week was not even the biggest win for the month of November.

Patel said someone hit a $250,000 win from a ticket sold just last week.

Robert Manigault, a regular at the store, said having a local winner “makes you feel lucky!”

He said he has been playing at the store ever since it opened.

Though he has never hit anything as big as the Palmetto Cash 5 win, he is still thankful to have won some money here and there through the years.

The odds of winning $200,000 playing Palmetto Cash 5 are 1 in 1,003,884.

More than 4,600 Palmetto Cash 5 players won prizes from $1 up to $200,000 in Tuesday night’s drawing. More than 3,000 players spent an extra $1 to purchase the Power-Up multiplier and will have their winnings multiplied by two when claimed.

South Carolina Education Lottery proceeds are returned to the state in the form of funding for education, prizes, retailer commissions and payments to contractors for goods and services.

Contact the writer: or 803-533-5516.


Government Reporter

John Mack is a 2016 graduate of Claflin University. He is an Orangeburg native.

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