By Todd Northrop
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina man became a two-time lottery winner in a single day when he cashed in a pair of tickets worth $100,000 and $200,000.
The lucky Darlington resident has been playing the Palmetto Cash 5 daily drawing game for more than a decade, trying out different strategies to win, and yesterday he cashed in two winning tickets worth $100,000 and $200,000.
"This is life changing," he said.
His idea to quick pick five numbers at the Situ LLC on South Main St. and then drive three miles to the EZ Shop on Pearl St. and play those same numbers for a second time paid off.
"I'm paying off my house," he said. "I'm debt free."
On the local news he heard where two stores in Darlington sold winning lottery tickets. He checked his tickets and discovered both wins were his. His two tickets matched all five numbers drawn on Monday, January 30 (6, 12, 16, 28, and 36).
And he says he'll keep playing.
"Yes, of course," he said. "I'm looking forward to it."
Because he Powered-up the second ticket, his $100,000 prize was doubled to $200,000 when a "2" multiplier was selected.
The odds of winning $100,000 playing Palmetto Cash 5 are 1 in 501,942. The odds of winning $200,000 playing Palmetto Cash 5 are 1 in 1,003,884.
The odds of winning both prizes in the same drawing were seemingly unlikely, until now.
For selling the claimed tickets, Situ LLC received a commission of $1,000 and EZ Shop received $2,000.