Florence man buys lottery ticket with spare change, wins $1 million

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – A 22-year-old Florence man is now a millionaire, thanks to some spare change he set aside, according to SC Education Lottery officials.

The man stopped at the Save Mart 4 on East Palmetto Street with his father and picked out the $1,000,000 Fortune scratch-off, paying $10 for the ticket with spare change he'd put aside.

"Dad, we are going to Columbia. I won $1 million," the man said to his father, causing him to stop the car. They went on to work and left the $1 million winning ticket locked in the car. While the father couldn't stop worrying if the ticket was real, the son didn't doubt it for a second.

"I told my dad, if I'd said I'd won $100 he'd have believed me," the winner said.

The dad is a believer now – they cashed the ticket in Columbia.

The father isn't worried that the money will be too much for his son to handle.

"He always does the right thing," the dad said. "My wife and I raised a good boy."

This was the first lottery millionaire in the $1,000,000 Fortune game – the odds of winning that amount are 1 in 1.4 million. Two $1 million prizes remain on the ticket, lottery officials said.

Non-winning $1,000,000 Fortune tickets can be entered online or by mail for a drawing to win a $1 million prize.

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