Moncks Corner man’s second choice wins him $200,000 in lottery

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Doug Delk didn't get want he wanted. He got something better.

Wildwood Convenience Store in Moncks Corner was sold out of his favorite lottery scratch-off, so he picked another ticket. Standing in the store he won $200,000.

"I found a good Easter egg," he joked with lottery officials. "I was hooping and a hollering."

Sandy Keeler, the manager at Wildwood Convenience, sold him the winning ticket.

"He threw his arms up in the air, hugged me and gave me a smooch on the cheek," said Keeler.  "It was a good thing he bought that ticket instead. We were glad to see a regular customer win."

Delk, a truck driver, calls Moncks Corner home. He stops in at Wildwood Convenience about once a week to play the Lottery. Until now, the most he's won has been $500.

When he arrived in Columbia with the Emerald Green 7's ticket, he could hardly finish a sentence without laughing.

"I feel great," he grinned.  "I'm having a great day."

The winner shared he's always rented and will use the winnings to buy some land and build a home.Wildwood Convenience will also benefit by receiving $2,000, a 1 percent retailer commission when the ticket was claimed.

According to Keeler, this $200,000 winner is the largest scratch-off winner the store has sold.  Wildwood Convenience has had great success with Powerball, selling tickets worth $800,000 and $600,000.

As of this release, four top prizes of $200,000 remain in the Emerald Green 7's game.  Odds of winning the top prize are little more than 1 in 497,000.