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.
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.