No Buns But Plenty of Dough for $399.4 Powerball Winner

Powerball NewsTuesday September 24 2013 – The owner of the winning Powerball ticket worth nearly $400 million has come forward to claim their prize but has opted to remain anonymous.

The ticket was purchased at a Murphy Express gas station on Monday September 16; two days before the draw which saw the Quick Pick ticket correctly match all five numbers and the Powerball.

The winner, who lives in the Columbia area, originally went into the gas station after his wife called him and told him to pick up some hot dog buns. Unfortunately, Murphy’s doesn’t sell hot dog buns but while browsing the man noticed signs advertising the $400 million Powerball jackpot and decided to buy $20 worth of tickets instead.

The Murphy USA gas station which sold the winning Powerball ticket (image from Google Maps)

The Murphy USA gas station which sold the winning Powerball ticket (image from Google Maps)

Although the winner has chosen to stay anonymous, he did have a chat to South Carolina Lottery officials when he claimed his prize yesterday. He told them he first realised he had won the jackpot the day after the draw on Thursday, and he had danced around his kitchen in celebration! As he was alone in the household, all he could do that day was tell his little dog about his tremendous good fortune, made even more special by the fact that this was only the second time he had played the lottery!

The Murphy Express gas station will be celebrating the hot dog lover’s good fortune too as they’ll now receive a check for $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Sadly we’re unlikely to find out anything further about this lucky man as South Carolina is one of six states which allow lottery winners to keep their anonymity by law. LotteryWorld would like to wish him, his wife and his little dog the very best of luck and hope they enjoy their new found wealth.

In Other Lottery News

While the estimated Powerball jackpot on Wednesday is worth just $50 million, tonight’s Mega Millions draw is the one to get excited about. The top prize is estimated at $160 million after rolling over since the end of July and is the second largest seen on the Mega Millions this year so far.

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