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COLUMBIA, SC (February 1, 2012) – Shaking, a Lancaster man picked up the phone and called his brother for help. He couldn’t find the words to say he won $1 million on a South Carolina Education Lottery ticket.
“I told him to come over, it was an emergency,” said the winner.
His brother arrived to find a Diamond Millionaire 10th Anniversary scratch-off and its first millionaire winner.
“It makes you feel different,” the winner said.
He’s had little time to make plans for the $1 million prize. He went to work after scratching the ticket and was up most of the night.
“I feel all right now,” the millionaire told lottery officials when he claimed the prize in Columbia yesterday. “Winning is a good thing.”
The $10 Diamond Millionaire 10th Anniversary instant ticket went on sale January 3. The Lancaster man is the first $1 million winner to come forward. As of this release, four more $1 million top prizes remain in the game. The odds of winning a $1 million top prize are 1 in 1,200,000.
AM PM Gas & Grill in Lancaster received a commission of $10,000 for selling the claimed ticket.
Since the start of the Lottery in 2002, more than one million college scholarships and grants have been awarded to South Carolina’s students. In all, more than $2.6 BILLION has been transferred to support educational programs in the Palmetto State.