The lucky winner from Grand Strand, South Carolina, won $40,000 and then $3 million in lottery winnings within eleven days.
According to the South Carolina Education Lottery, the man purchased the two Mega Millions Quick Pick tickets on July 16 and July 27 at a Murphy USA gas station in Myrtle Beach.
The new millionaire was shopping at a neighboring Walmart and then stopped by Murphy USA gas station to refill and play the lottery.
The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, stated: “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. My family was taken aback when I informed them of the news.”
In both instances, he came up with just one number short of the jackpot. Nonetheless, he walked away with a large sum of money.
“The odds of winning $40,000 playing Mega Millions are 1 in 931,001, and the odds of winning $3 million are around 1 in 13 million,” the South Carolina Education Lottery stated.
According to the report, the store that sold the tickets earned a total of $30,400 in commissions.
The news comes on the heels of another man in North Carolina winning the lotto twice in two weeks. He had surpassed those odds of victory far more swiftly than one might believe.
Henry Harvey II of Spring Lake won $5,000 recently on a scratch-off ticket purchased at the Circle K in Hope Mills, according to WRAL. Because that lottery outlet appeared to work for him the first time, he decided to try his luck again a few weeks later with another ticket. And it paid off when he won a $100,000 bigger prize from a $25 Extreme Cash ticket.
In April, Gloria Walls and Gary Daniel of Clover, North Carolina, won a $1 million top prize in the Jumbo Bucks scratch-off game, just two months after winning $500 playing the lottery.
“We believed we had struck gold at the time,” Walls stated in a press release.