A Myrtle Beach man claimed a $400,000 prize he won playing Palmetto Cash 5 in the South Carolina lottery, according to lottery officials.
The man, who declined to be identified, told lottery officials he has played a mix of numbers for years before they matched the numbers drawn on Saturday.
The numbers 1, 17, 22, 25 and 33 are a combination of the man’s birth date, high school football and basketball jersey numbers, and his favorite holiday, Christmas, according to a release from lottery officials.
And if beating the steep odds of 1 in more than 4 million to win the $400,000 wasn’t enough, the man surprised his wife with an additional $20 by matching three numbers of his choosing on a different line on the ticket, according to the release. The man spent the extra $1 for Power-Up, which multiplied his $100,005 prize to $400,020 when a “four” was drawn.
For selling the claimed ticket, Kangaroo Express #3070 in Myrtle Beach received a commission of $4,000.20.
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