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S.C. winner claims $260M Powerball prize

Posted August 25, 2009

— The man who bought the winning ticket in last week's $260 million Powerball drawing plans business as usual, he said.

The South Carolina Education Lottery introduced Solomon Jackson, Jr. at a news conference Tuesday afternoon in Columbia.

Jackson, a lifelong resident of Columbia, said he bought the ticket with the intention of supporting South Carolina schools. He refused Tuesday to say much about himself or his plans, including whether he will take his winnings annually over three decades or in a $129 million lump sum.

"I paid $2 and they threw it right back at me," Jackson said.

The single winning ticket for the Aug. 19 drawing was sold at a gas station and convenience store next to a Walmart in Columbia.

The Powerball jackpot is the largest ever won with a ticket bought in South Carolina, which has the nation's fifth-highest state unemployment rate. Lottery officials say there's a good chance the winner lives in the state.

The game is now played in 30 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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  • pebbles262004 Aug 26, 2009

    I personally think that you should not be able to buy NC tickets in other states you should have to purchase it froma NC store. We can not puchase SC lottery tickets in NC so why be able to buy NC ones everywhere else but here

  • tatermommy52 Aug 25, 2009

    Dems to tax lottery winners at 100%

  • cbfx3 Aug 25, 2009

    I tell you what is really bad.. out of the 260 mil he will only see about 80.. That is a kick in the gut if you really think about it. They already got the money for selling all those tix and now they are going to keep most of the prize too

  • oldrebel Aug 25, 2009

    Happy for him. Got to be a good day when you win that kind of money!

  • TheAdmiral Aug 25, 2009

    Can I have $120,000 That is all I need. And I am done with debit.

  • WHEEL Aug 25, 2009

    I started buying tickets in SC before NC got into the lottery and still do occasionally. I won't buy in NC because I think our lottery is crooked just like Easley, Perdue and the bunch of Democrats that pushed it through.

  • due_whats_right Aug 25, 2009

    suckafree - why do we need to know his name and future plans? If he chooses to set the money on fire it is not going to affect any of us one bit.. Well wishes to him and leave it at that! I wouldn't want long lost cousins from whom he borrowed $3 3 years ago popping up on my doorstep either!

  • fiestysp Aug 25, 2009

    Sure he played for education ........and sure he'll keep working.....yeah right!

  • rhoda_penmark Aug 25, 2009

    "Lottery officials say there's a good chance the winner lives in the state."
    DUH !!!! WRAL, you may edit out this last sentence now.

  • kebsmom Aug 25, 2009

    Congratulations to that lucky man.