SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Lottery officials in Columbia were surprised when they discovered a Surfside Beach woman placed her $100,000 winning ticket in the mail.
While winning tickets worth $100,000 or less can be mailed, the vast majority of six-figure winners come in person to the Lottery's Columbia Claims Center to collect their winnings. In fact, just this summer, a New Yorker vacationing in Myrtle Beach drove 12 hours back to the Palmetto State to cash in his $100,000 ticket.
But 150 miles was too much for a Surfside woman, who a few weeks ago entrusted the United States Postal Service with her $100,000 winning ticket.
"I'm a local driver," she confessed when lottery officials called to ask why she mailed the ticket. "I took a chance."
The winner told lottery officials she bought the winning Carolina Panthers ticket on her lunch break and after scratching the ticket, went back to work doubting she won. She's kept the money a secret, waiting for the lottery to confirm the winnings.
Lottery officials say her check is in the mail.
As of Tuesday, two top prizes remain in the Carolina Panthers game. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 540,000.
For selling the claimed ticket, Kangaroo Express in Surfside Beach received a commission of $1,000.