South Carolina

Midlands man didn’t want to buy wife lottery ticket, but both are glad he did

A Midlands couple won hundreds of thousands of dollars with a recent lottery jackpot, but it almost did not happen.

The South Carolina Education Lottery said a Chapin woman’s “best day ever,” nearly didn’t happen because her husband initially did not want to buy a lottery ticket.

The man said he had to be convinced to buy the $10 Mighty Jumbo Bucks game, because he did not “want to get in line,” at the Shiv Mart IV in Chapin, the South Carolina Lottery said in a news release.

He said he eventually bought the scratch-off game to make his wife happy, according to the release.

Now both of them are happy after winning $300,000 with the ticket.

The woman called the result “wonderful,” after the couple overcame 1-in-750,000 odds to win the prize the South Carolina Lottery said.

Six similar $300,000 prizes remain in the Mighty Jumbo Bucks game, according to the news release.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.