CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston man who won a $1 million lottery prize plans to use the winnings to help his church which was hit hard by flooding late last year.
"I was praying for this," he said.
He told lottery officials that his hand started itching, telling him money was on its way, after buying a Mega Millions® ticket at the Quick Stop Market on President St. in Charleston.
And that superstition proved true on Tuesday night when he checked his ticket and the first five numbers matched.
"I woke my wife up and told her 'I'm a winner,'" he said.
She asked how much, but he didn't know.
"Maybe it will feel real when I have the check in my hand," he said.
The odds of winning $1 million playing Mega Millions® are about 1 in 18.5 million.
Had the man spent the extra dollar for the Megaplier, his prize would have been multiplied to $5 million.
Quick Stop Market at 167 President St. in Charleston sold the winning ticket.
For selling the claimed ticket, Quick Stop Market in Charleston received a commission of $10,000.
The Mega Millions® jackpot for tonight's drawing is an estimated $144 million.