Patient lottery winner stows ticket for 15 days, doesn't talk about it

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Sept. 25, 2017 at 1:11 PM
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Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A patient South Carolina woman stowed her winning lottery ticket in a sandwich bag and didn't talk about or look at it for 15 days.

The Baresburg woman told South Carolina Education Lottery officials she scratched off her $5 Big Money Maker ticket while watching TV and discovered it was a $125,000 winner.

The woman didn't immediately cash the ticket or call up her relatives, she instead sealed up the ticket in a Ziploc bag and stowed it out of sight.

The winner said she didn't discuss her prize until 15 days later, when she visited lottery headquarters to collect her prize.

"If I'd looked at that ticket every day, I'd have been in the hospital," she said.

The patient winner said she also plans to take her time figuring out what to do with the cash.

"I'll talk it over with my family," she said.

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