Man stops at different gas station for a change — and leaves with big SC lottery prize

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A gas station wasn’t part of a man’s normal routine — but stopping there paid off big time in South Carolina.

That’s because a lottery ticket he bought at the business was worth $75,000, according to the S.C. Education Lottery.

“I never go to that gas station,” the man said in a Jan. 17 news release. “I’m glad I did.”

Now, the winner plans to return to the lucky station to “fill up his new truck,” lottery officials said.

The man pocketed extra cash after he needed to fill up at the station on Church Street in Laurens, roughly 35 miles southeast of Greenville. While paying for gas inside the store, officials said he decided to try his luck on a scratch-off ticket.

His ticket beat 1-in-660,000 odds to score a big prize in the Loteria game. The winner — who wasn’t identified in a news release — kept $51,750 after taxes, according to S.C. Education Lottery spokesperson Holli Armstrong.

It’s not the first time a trip to a gas station ended with someone realizing they were getting much richer.

In September, officials said a man was at a gas pump when his wife told him he won a jackpot prize in South Carolina.

And in North Carolina, two neighbors were stopping for gas when one of them scored a $100,000 win, McClatchy News reported in May.

If you or a loved one shows signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the national gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling website.