COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - An Orangeburg woman's trip home stalled when she spotted an approaching train. She pulled over at a convenience store to wait for the train to pass. Bored, she went inside the Quick Store where an orange Carolina Millionaires Club instant ticket caught her eye.
The winner told lottery officials she stood alone outside the store scratching the ticket. Shaking, she ran inside the store to show the clerk the result. He confirmed her ticket was a winner.
The train delay helped make her a millionaire. "If it wasn't for that train, I would have headed straight home," she said.
The winner, who prefers to remain anonymous, admitted she didn't know exactly what she was going to do with $1 million. She's considering buying a new car or a house with her winnings.
"I'm trying not to let this overwhelm me," the millionaire told lottery officials when she claimed the prize in Columbia yesterday. "I'm so happy."
The $10 Carolina Millionaires Club instant ticket went on sale January 4. The Orangeburg woman is the first $1 million winner to come forward. Four more $1 million top prizes remain in the game. The odds of winning a $1 million top prize are 1 in 1,200,000.
Every retailer that sells a claimed ticket of $10,000 or more earns a 1 percent retailer commission, capped at $50,000. Quick Store in Orangeburg received $10,000.