MONCKS CORNER, S.C. — A detour on the way to get some chicken proved life-changing for a South Carolina man.
The South Carolina Education Lottery reports that a man in Moncks Corner decided to stop at the Fuel Express on North Highway 17 after work where he picked up a $10 scratch-off lottery ticket.
Now $500,000 richer, the winner said he still plans to work, but he's saying so long to overtime.
But, initially, he didn't even believe it was true. The lucky winner even went back inside and checked the ticket with the person inside who gave him some very good advice - to go home and not tell anyone.
There are exceptions to that rule, of course. He told his wife about the big win and said she's still having trouble realizing the truth about all that money. And, given that he had to beat 1 in 800,000 odds to take home the win, that's an understandable reaction.
As for the chance to repeat the same win for the rest of South Carolina, this particular game, 200x, is already over. But the state lottery has other games available with a chance to take home a big check!
This winner told lottery officials he plans to pay off his house and use the rest of the money to "enjoy life" even as he keeps his day job.
In the meantime, the Fuel Express store that sold the ticket will get a nice surprise as well - a $5,000 commission.