Fort Mill convenience store sells one of two $2 million Powerball tickets

dworthington@heraldonline.comMay 21, 2013 

— The business sign is K 1 Mart. The paperwork with the state is K Won Mart.

Regardless, one person won big Saturday, purchasing a $3 Powerball ticket worth $2 million at the convenience store at the corner of Gold Hill Road and S.C. 160.

The ticket was one of two $2 million tickets sold in the richest Powerball drawing ever. One person took the top prize of $590.5 million, buying a ticket at Publix grocery store in Zephyrhills, Fla., outside Tampa.

The person who purchased the $2 million ticket in Fort Mill matched all of the winning numbers – 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52 – but not the Powerball number 11. The ticker holder also purchased the Powerplay option for $1, doubling the winnings to $2 million.

The other $2 million winner purchased their ticket in New York.

The Fort Mill winner has not come by the store yet, but the Oh family, which has operated K Won Mart for about seven years, hopes the winner is one of their regular customers.

Daughter Angela Oh remembers the store selling a $20,000 lottery ticket in 2009 and a $10,000 ticket another time, but never a winning ticket this big.

As the Powerball jackpot swelled to nearly $600 million last weekend, Oh said the number of tickets sold at the convenience store tripled.

Now that the word is getting out that K Won sold a winning ticket, customers are coming in, sometimes buying a few more chances than usual.

“I guess it could be me, but what chance do I have?” said one of K Won’s regulars Tuesday as she spent $22 on tickets.

The odds of winning $2 million were 1 in 5,153,633. The odds of winning Saturday’s Powerball lottery were 1 in 175 million.

The Fort Mill winner has not notified the S.C. Education Lottery either, said spokesperson Holli Armstrong. Lottery winners do not have to make their names public in South Carolina.

K Won gets 1 percent of the winning ticket or $20,000. Angela Oh said the family has not determined how it will use the money. Her father, Ki, is in Korea caring for his mother, she said. “We called him yesterday, he’s so happy,” Angela Oh said.

Don Worthington •  803-329-4066

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