South Carolina man wins $150K Powerball prize, donates it all to charity

A South Carolina man who was one number away from the Powerball jackpot donated his $150,000 lottery prize to charity, lottery officials said.

The South Carolina Lottery said the Greenville man, who wants to remain anonymous, bought a quick pick ticket for the Jan. 16 Powerball drawing. He matched four out of five numbers and the red Powerball, and paid an extra dollar for PowerPlay, tripling his $50,000 to $150,000.

Lottery officials didn’t name the charity the man donated to, only that it’s in Upstate South Carolina and that he gave all of his winnings.

"I hit enough to make someone happy," he told lottery officials.

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The odds of winning $50,000 by matching four white ball numbers and the red Powerball number are 1 in 913,129, according to the South Carolina Lottery. The odds of a 3X multiplier being selected are 1 in 3.23 when the jackpot is more than $150 million.

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The convenience store where the man purchased the ticket also got a $1,500 commission.

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Fred Meyer, which is owned by Kroger, received a $50,000 commission for selling the winning ticket and donated it all to a local food bank.

The win drawn on Feb. 6 was the first Powerball jackpot win since Nov. 19.