A Winnsboro woman struck it big last week with the S.C. Education Lottery’s Fantastic 5’s game, and she did what anyone would do knowing they were suddenly more than $100,000 richer — she went to work.
According to the S.C. State Lottery Commission, Cheryl Code bought the $5 Fantastic 5’s ticket at Cuz’s Corner at 419 S. Congress St. in Winnsboro on her way to work last week and scratched the ticket in her car once she got there.
Code told the Lottery Commission that she found it hard to concentrate at work knowing she hid a lottery ticket worth $155,555 under the floor mat in her car.
“I kept blinking my eyes,” she told them, when she saw she won the top prize.
The Lottery Commission said Code clocked in at her part-time job as a local cashier, but she wasn’t able to contain herself for very long. She told her boss what happened and that she didn’t think she could stay at work. Code left and called a friend to drive her to Columbia to collect her winnings.
“We were driving, crying and shouting on the way,” Code told the Commission.
She said she plans to use the winnings to buy a new car.
As of press time, two top prizes of $155,555 remain in the $5 Fantastic 5’s game. The odds of winning $155,555 are 1 in 600,000.
Cuz’s Corner received a commission of $1,555 for selling the claimed ticket. Raj Patel, the store’s manager, said Code is a regular customer.
Since the start of the Lottery in 2002, more than one million college scholarships and grants have been awarded to South Carolina’s students. In all, more than $2.7 billion has been transferred to support educational programs in the Palmetto State.