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Chester, S.C., has a new millionaire

South Carolina winner

Drawing Date: 10/30/2015

November 3, 2015 – A Chester couple has won South Carolina’s largest Mega Millions prize to date. They cashed in the winning ticket worth $5 million yesterday.

“We haven’t slept much,” admitted the pair, who after taxes took home $3.4 million.

And they haven’t told their children yet either.

The couple, a boyfriend and girlfriend, found out they won on Saturday. The boyfriend was bringing in the groceries when he heard his girlfriend scream, “You won! You won!”

“I had her read off the numbers one at a time,” he said, recognizing 17, 41, 51, 53, and 56 as the numbers he’s played for years. “It took a while to sink in.”

The lottery ticket, bought at the Kangaroo Express #1504 at 1801 JA Cochran Byp., is the third million dollar ticket sold in Chester. In January of 2015 and October of 2005 Powerball players in Chester won $1 million.

As for the recent millionaires, they are paying off their house and plan to enjoy life.

“This sounds funny,” the boyfriend said. “But I had a feeling I was going to win.”

The odds of winning $1 million playing Mega Millions are about 1 in 18 million and the odds of getting a 5X are 1 in 2.5.

For selling the claimed ticket, Kangaroo Express #1504 in Chester received a commission of $50,000.