Buy Those Lottery Tickets Online– and Keep Yourself Out of Sight?
Sometimes, winning the lottery makes you a walking target for people who want a big slice of your pie. The Associated Press reported:
The winner of last week’s $400 million Powerball jackpot has claimed his prize, but the South Carolina man is asking to remain anonymous.
South Carolina lottery officials said the winner, from Columbia, presented the winning ticket Monday. Under state law, he does not have to release his name.
The lottery did give a few details about the winner. He stopped to get gas at the Murphy Express the day of the drawing last Wednesday and his wife told him to buy some hot dog buns. The store didn’t sell buns, but after seeing the $400 million prize advertised, the winner bought $20 in lottery tickets instead.
The fact that the pot is well into the triple digits may force you to make some hard choices. It will not be easy to wake up one day to find the entire town amassing outside your house and asking you to share your newfound blessings. It is even worse when the convenience store a couple of blocks over from your house issued the winning ticket and someone pinpointed you despite state secrecy laws. However, there’s one way to go for broke without the potential for discovery – buy your lottery tickets online through services like Buy Lottery Tix.
Paula Harper Bethea, executive director of the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL), said the winner went for a “quick pick ticket, letting the computer select the numbers: 7-10-22-32-35, with the Powerball of 19.” The winning ticket turned out to be just “one of 356” tickets sold at a Murphy Express store just off I-20 near Columbia, SC, on September 19, 2013; the day of the draw.
AP reported that the mystery winner’s prize is the “largest Powerball winning ticket sold in South Carolina,” but was also the game’s first big-bucks win since a widow in Florida nailed the biggest-ever pot – a staggering $590 million – in May this year. The winner admitted that it was the second time he played Powerball. The winner is entitled, according to the report, to a “$399.4-million payout over 30 years or the direct cash option of $233 million” – but SCEL officials are quiet on which option the winner will take.
Keith Widmore, manager of the Murphy Express, may have had something to do with the eventual win. The report said he’d “encouraged some people to buy a ticket” and “hoped the winner was one of those he’d talked into spending their money.”
Discretion is the better part of valor, as a certain adage goes- but to buy some lotto tickets online from providers like Buy Lottery Tix and scoring the jackpot in the process? It requires much foresight and investment guidance – and in the case of the Columbia winner, a little invisibility.
(Info from Powerball jackpot winner comes forward, chooses to remain anonymous, CBS News/AP)
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