FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- Officials with the South Carolina Education Lottery announced on Wednesday morning that a Mega Millions ticket worth a millions dollars was sold at a Folly Beach convenience store.
Officials say the Kangaroo Express #839 at 42 Center St. in Folly Beach sold the ticket.
The ticket sold matched all five white ball numbers drawn last night. The ticket holder purchased Megaplier® for an extra dollar to multiply the $250,000 Match 5 prize to $1 million.
Officials say that with a $355 million jackpot on the line, ticket sales were brisk in South
Wednesday was a busy day at the lottery claims center in Mount Pleasant.
"This is very exciting," claim center manager Judy Linder said. "We don't often get million dollar winners."
Linder got a phone call Wednesday morning from the winner asking how to claim his $1 million prize.
"He sounded scared. He asked me if the ticket could be verified here in Charleston or if he had to go up to Columbia. I told him all he needed to bring was his picture ID and the signed ticket," Linder said.
Outside the Kangaroo Express, those in the neighborhood said there were excited the winning ticket went to a local.
"What's a dollar? Bobby Kendrick said. "I mean come on. I should have done it."
Kendrick regularly shops at the gas station, but regrettably failed to purchase his Mega Millions Ticket this week.
"I think I forgot like I do half the time. "I should pay better attention to it. I know what nights they draw." he said.
Carolina -- producing more than 59,600 winners of prizes from $2 up to $1 million. A second ticket matched all five white ball numbers to be worth $250,000 was sold at the Lowry Food Mart #2 in Seneca.
Eric Beltz said his grandmother bought him a ticket at the same Kangaroo location.
That ticket also turned out to be a winner.
" I got four out of the five numbers correct," he said. "I haven't cashed it in yet."
That ticket is worth 150 bucks - but others say if they hit the million dollar prize, they wouldn't waste any time cashing in.
"After I got through with my heart attack, I would share some, pay off everything I owe and try to set up a small business," Kendrick Said.
Mike Hill a former homebuilder says if he won - he would give some to his church then attempt to get back in business.
Lottery Officials say the $1 million dollar is a retired low country resident and occasional Mega Millions Player.
They say the man found out Wednesday morning and told officials he couldn't stop smiling.
When asked what he planned to use his new found fortune for, the winner said " I am not sure but I have a lot to do."
Players have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prizes. For complete information on claiming prizes, visit sceducationlottery.com.
Two jackpot-winning tickets, sold in Idaho and Washington, will split the $355 million jackpot, the second-highest in the game's history. The estimated Mega Millions® jackpot for Friday, January 7, 2011, is $12 million.
Approximately 97 cents of every dollar spent by players on the South Carolina Education Lottery is returned to the state in the form of funding for education, prizes, retailer commissions, and payment to contractors for goods and services.
Tuesday's winning numbers: 4, 8, 15, 25, and 47 Megaball®: 42 Megaplier®: 4