Powerball jackpot still unclaimed after winning ticket sold in Lexington
“It’s almost as exciting as if I’d won it myself.”
That’s how Murphy USA customer Sarah Brown felt Thursday about the $399.4 million dollar Powerball ticket that was sold at the Lexington gas station.
South Carolina Education Lottery officials said the winner has not come forward as of noon Thursday. They advise the winner to seek counsel from a trusted adviser before claiming the prize. The winner has 180 days to bring in the winning ticket, and may choose to remain anonymous.
“This is a life-changing event,” added Paula Bethea, the lottery’s executive director.
This is the second Powerball win in four years for the Midlands and the second for Murphy USA. Solomon Jackson bought his ticket at a Murphy USA station on Garners Ferry Road in 2009, winning $259 million.
Wednesday night’s winning ticket was sold at the station on Augusta Road near Interstate 20 at about 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The winner chose the “Quick Pick” option, meaning the numbers were chosen randomly by computer. The winner will have the choice of a $223 million lump sum or payments of about $13 million per year for 29 years.
“Education in South Carolina is also a real winner today,” Bethea said.
The South Carolina Education Lottery will claim $12-$15 million from the jackpot in taxes, and a portion of that money goes to support scholarships and grants for in-state students.
Murphy USA also gets $50,000 as a bonus for the store selling the ticket. The store was busy Thursday, though one employee joked, “It’s just another day at work.”
A sign on the door read, “If you bought your Powerball ticket for last night’s drawing at our store, you better check those numbers twice.”
Customer after customer asked if anyone knew who had won, with one saying, “This is so exciting, and such good news to have it happen in little old Lexington.”
Store and lottery officials said they have no way of knowing whether the winner is from the Midlands or just a traveler passing through. For more on the South Carolina Education Lottery, click here.