SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A South Carolina man said he'll keep playing the lottery to help give money to the state's education. But he's particularly happy now that the same lottery just funded his retirement.
The Upstate resident bought a Mega Millions ticket from the Garden Spot located at 2050 S. Pine Street in Spartanburg for a February drawing. His ticket matched the main numbers 20, 29, 30, 52, and 58 but missed the Mega Ball of 19.
While that last number cost him the jackpot, South Carolina lottery officials said he still came away with a nice $1 million win.
The man told lottery officials that he's been playing for years before beating the one-in-12,607,306 odds of winning $1 million in the Mega Millions game.
The store where he bought the ticket likely isn't complaining either. Garden Spot received a $10,000 commission for selling the winning ticket.
The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday's drawing is $414 million.