MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The jackpot Powerball drawing for Saturday night may have many of you rushing out to buy a ticket, but the South Carolina Education Lottery wants to remind you of games with better chances.
The cash prize may be smaller but the Palmetto Cash 5 has been stealing the spotlight from Powerball as more South Carolinians are cashing in.
Over the past month, five lucky lottery players have scored the top prize.
One of those winners, a husband from Cross, surprised his wife with a $500,000 Palmetto Cash 5 win. Winning tickets were also sold in Greenville, Sumter and Clover cashed for $200,000. A Greenville man won $100,000.
The premise of Palmetto Cash 5 is similar to Powerball® but there are five balls drawn instead of six and prizes for matching two numbers up to all five numbers.
Tickets are $1 and drawings are every day at 6:59 p.m.
Add an extra $1 and you can Power-Up to see winnings increased up to $500,000 when a five multiplier is selected.
Palmetto Cash 5 is only sold in South Carolina, so players must overcome 1 in 501,942 odds, less daunting when you weigh the 1 in 176 million of winning the Powerball jackpot.
Six South Carolina Education Lottery players have been Powerball® jackpot winners, the last occurring in August of 2009 when Solomon Jackson Jr. of Columbia won $259 million.