10 years of playing the lottery finally paid off last Tuesday for a Columbia woman who won $1 million in Mega Millions.
The winner told lottery officials she has family in Bishopville and stopped to buy the ticket at the Quik Mart on N. Main Street.
Her advice to other players: "Don't give up."
The numbers she picked, 10, 11, 12, 14, and 24, were the lucky five white ball numbers at last. She spent the extra $1 for the Megaplier option to increase her would be $200,000 prize to an automatic $1 million.
"I didn't want to win it all at once," she joked with lottery officials, so she plans to continue playing.
"I haven't slept," she said awaiting the check. "But I'm pretty sure I will tonight."
As for her plans, she's keeping those to herself.
The odds of winning $1 million playing Mega Millions are 1 in 3,904,701.
The Quik Mart received a commission of $10,000 for selling the claimed ticket.