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South Carolina dog lover wins $30,000 on pup-themed lottery scratch-off

Oct 17, 2021, 7:05 pm

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Lottery player is top dog after impulse buy

By Kate Northrop

MARION, S.C. — A South Carolina woman knew she had to scoop up a dog-themed scratch-off ticket when she saw the new holiday game for sale in the store, and now that she's $30,000 richer, she's glad she listened to her gut.

Animal lovers will tell you that puppy eyes are hard to resist, just how hard it was for one woman to resist picking out a ticket from the South Carolina Lottery's new holiday pup-themed scratch-off game, "Happy Pawlidays!"

While making a stop at the Circle K on E. Liberty Street in Marion, the anonymous player noticed the lottery ticket that featured various dogs, all of them looking to be in a festive holiday spirit. She decided she had to pick one out.

"I love dogs," she told the Lottery.

In the end, her appreciation for man's best friend paid off to the tune of $30,000, the $2 game's top prize.  According to the Lottery, she became the game's very first top prize winner.

"No way, no way," she recalled chanting when it dawned on her that she won.

The lucky player is not the only winner in the game either. The dogs featured on the "Happy Pawlidays!" scratch-off tickets received the most votes in a dog photo contest the Lottery hosted in the spring. While every top dog is from South Carolina, one of the dogs, a Springer Spaniel named Belle, lives in Marion, the same town the player bought her winning ticket. That's a dog-gone coincidence right there.

The odds of winning any prize in the game are 1 in 4.43, whereas the odds of winning the $30,000 top prize are 1 in 480,000.

For selling the winning ticket, the Circle K retailer in Marion received a $300 commission.

Three more top prizes of $30,000 are waiting for another lucky player to come sniff them out, while 30 out of 33 second-prizes of $1,000 and 115 out of 135 third-prizes of $250 remain in the game.

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sully16's avatar - sharan
United States
Member #81738
October 28, 2009
92245 Posts

Good for her, I love the dogs. Lovies

Happy Thanksgiving ! Turkey

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    Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler
    The Hall Of The Mountain Kings
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    April 28, 2009
    15062 Posts

    Good for her, I love the dogs. Lovies

    I love dogs too, more than a lot of people that I've encountered on this planet.







    "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                --Edmund Burke



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      Member #163182
      January 22, 2015
      2756 Posts

      Bow wow wow yippee yay  yippee yay!  Something like that from Atomic Dog!



      Dogs are much better than lots of folks out there. 

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        Member #52343
        May 21, 2007
        3401 Posts

        dogs have thar purpose I suppose,but give me a good full sized rotten cat !!

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          Member #54826
          August 31, 2007
          63496 Posts

          Good story...

          Good for the winner!!!

          Loving the dogs...too cute...

          I am a millionaire!

            Gallatin Tennesee
            United States
            Member #194096
            November 29, 2018
            103 Posts

            That's what's so great about the lottery. Where else can you make a $2 investment and turn it into 30 thousand dollars in about 5 seconds? Love these type of stories.


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              Fort Lauderdale
              Member #211688
              December 6, 2020
              3 Posts

              good job always listen  to your dog

                New Member
                Member #201088
                September 24, 2019
                4 Posts

                Dog vibrations that brought in the dollars ,love this

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                  Member #55887
                  October 23, 2007
                  12266 Posts

                  dogs have thar purpose I suppose,but give me a good full sized rotten cat !!

                  Movie "Enemy of the State" with Gene Hackman. 

                  (though the cat wasn't rotten) 

                  CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

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