Winning Powerball Jackpot Ticket Sold in Lexington, SC

12:52 PM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
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Lexington, SC (WLTX) - The winning Powerball jackpot ticket has been sold in the Midlands.

Executive Director of the South Carolina Education Lottery Paula Harper Bethea confirms that the ticket, worth $399.4 million, was sold at Murphy Oil USA on Augusta Road in Lexington.

Bethea says the ticket was purchased Wednesday afternoon and was a "quick pick," meaning the computer terminal generated the number.

"I can't tell you what it feels like to know that somebody has been that fortunate and that lucky and for us it's just wonderful," Bethea says. "I think we're all probably moving on adrenaline."

At this point, lottery officials say the winner has not tried to contact them. Bethea says she doesn't even know if the person is from South Carolina or out-of-state--but she has a preference.

"We love our guests in South Carolina, we love the people who travel through South Carolina...but we really hope this one is home-grown for lots of reasons," she said. "It's just a wonderful shot in the arm for our state."

When asked by reporters, a representative for Murphy USA said it's possible security cameras captured an image of the winner, but they said they wouldn't be releasing those images to the public.

The winning numbers are the following: 7, 10, 22, 32, 35 and Powerball 19. Bethea says the winner has the option of taking a cash payout of $223,256,476 or an annuity choice of close to $13 million per year, for the next 29 years.

The winner has 180 days to claim the prize. Bethea suggests that the person or persons consult with a good financial advisor first.

"This is a life-changing event," Bethea said. "There are a lot of zeroes in the amount of money this person or persons are going to get, and we want them to come at the right time after they have had what they need to make sure that this is a good situation for them."

The store will get $50,000 for selling the ticket, while Bethea says the state will get between $12-15 million in taxes.

This is the seventh Powerball jackpot win in South Carolina history. The previous record-holder for the largest jackpot in our state was Solomon Jackson Jr., who won $259 million in August of 2009.

The largest Powerball jackpot ever was $590 million, which was won by a Florida woman in May.


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