Chester man wins $2 million in lottery

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By Travis Jenkins

If there is a cost associated with changing your phone number, one Chester man can easily afford to pay the fee.
The South Carolina Education Lottery announced yesterday morning that a Chester County man, who declined to release his name, won $2 million playing Powerball®. His identity remains a mystery even to the clerks at the Pantry Express #430 on Columbia Street, who sold the winning ticket.
 Lottery officials can say the winner was lucky enough to overcome the 1 in 5 million plus odds to match the first five Powerball® numbers drawn on Saturday, December 29 (36, 46, 50, 52, and 55, PB: 14).  He was also smart enough to spend the extra $1 for PowerPlay® increasing his would be $1 million prize to $2 million.
Tonya Haynes, a manager at the Pantry Express, said she was unsure exactly when the man purchased the ticket. She said this was a first for the store in her five years of employment.
"We've had winners, but no big ones," Haynes said.
Haynes figures that the store sells about $200 worth of tickets a day. She didn't know whether or not having a big winner would attract customers hopeful that lightning might strike twice.
The Pantry Express received a commission of $20,000 for selling the claimed ticket.
Chester has had good luck where lottery winners are concerned. In August of 2011, The By-Pass Convenience Store sold a $200,000 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 $2.9 BILLION has been transferred to support educational programs in the Palmetto State.
A release from the South Carolina Education Lottery notes that the winner changed his phone number shortly after claiming his prize.