South Carolina man scratched off $300K lottery ticket days after purchase: ‘I forgot about it’
A South Carolina man nearly lost $300,000 after forgetting to buy a scratch-off lottery ticket during a quick trip to a gas station.
The man, who spoke on condition of anonymity but is from the Midlands area, drove around with the winning ticket for two days before he remembered buying it, according to the South Carolina Education Lottery.
“I threw the ticket in the console of the car and forgot about it,” the man told lottery officials.
After remembering the ticket, he scratched it and saw that there was a winner. He told lottery officials he was “overwhelmed with joy” as he drove to the Columbia Claims Center to claim his prize.
The winning ticket was purchased at Pitt Stop #03 on Wilson Boulevard in Blythewood along with a bottle of water.
The convenience store received a $3,000 commission for selling the winning ticket.
The man did not say what he planned to do with the money.
South Carolina is one of eight states that allow lottery winners to remain anonymous, according to The State newspaper. The others are Delaware, Kansas, Georgia, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas.
The winner had a 1 in 900,000 chance of winning one of the three grand prizes in the $300,000 Fun Fortune game.
Lottery officials said the other two top prizes have not yet been won.
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