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Man rushes to second store to buy lottery ticket in time, wins $200,000

A Midlands, S.C., man who found a grocery store's customer service counter closed when he went in to buy a Palmetto Cash 5 lottery ticket said he rushed to another store where he was able to buy a ticket five minutes before the cut-off time -- and won $200,000. File photo by jcjgphotography/Shutterstock
A Midlands, S.C., man who found a grocery store's customer service counter closed when he went in to buy a Palmetto Cash 5 lottery ticket said he rushed to another store where he was able to buy a ticket five minutes before the cut-off time -- and won $200,000. File photo by jcjgphotography/Shutterstock

July 1 (UPI) -- A dedicated lottery player who made an extra trip to a second store in South Carolina to buy a drawing ticket five minutes before the cutoff time ended up winning $200,000.

The Midlands man, whose identity was not released, told South Carolina Education Lottery officials that he went to a grocery store to buy a Palmetto Cash 5 ticket, but discovered the customer service counter was closed.

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The man said he rushed to Sharpe Shoppe #1 in Blythewood and was able to buy a ticket for the June 21 drawing just give minutes before the cutoff time for Palmetto Cash 5 tickets.

The player said he checked the winning numbers while at work the next day and discovered he has matched all five numbers: 4-10-27-32-33.

The man had paid an extra $1 for the "Power-Up" feature, turning what would have been a $100,000 prize into $200,000.

"Miracles do happen," the winner said.

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