MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (PRESS RELEASE)– South Carolina lottery officials say two friends are splitting a $50,000 Powerball prize.
They purchased the ticket at the Tiger Mart #15 at 6928 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach.
Because they live in different parts of the state, one in Charleston and the other in Greenville, they text message each other copies of the tickets they buy.
Last week a text message read, “Dude, I think we won.”
Their ticket for last Wednesday’s $1.5 billion drawing matched all but one number drawn.
“I was one number away from being stupid,” said one of the guys.
“I was one number away from clearing the calendar for the rest of my life,” said the other.
Friends for 30 years, they say they’ll keep chasing the jackpot and sharing the winnings fifty-fifty.
“This was just practice,” they said.
The odds of winning $50,000 by matching four white ball numbers and the red Powerball® number are 1 in 913,129.
For selling the claimed ticket, Tiger Mart #15 in Myrtle Beach received a commission of $500.
The estimated jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing is $60 million.