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$5 million in 2019 lottery winnings in York, Chester, Lancaster counties. See where

Did you win the lottery? Here’s what to do next

Did you win the lottery? Congratulations! It's time to keep a low profile and think about what to do with the money. These steps may help you!
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Did you win the lottery? Congratulations! It's time to keep a low profile and think about what to do with the money. These steps may help you!

When a Charlotte, NC, woman and her son drove to Columbia to cash in the $2 million Powerball ticket they’d bought in Indian Land the end of March, she told lottery officials she’d be retiring early.

She’d just bested 1 in almost 11.7 million odds to win $1 million. The extra dollar her son handed the QuikTrip cashier doubled the prize. It was a potentially life-changing amount of money and the second seven-figure claim from the area in four days.

Another Charlotte resident entered his non-winning ticket from a Fort Mill store into the Million Dollar Multiplier Second-Chance promotion. Lottery officials picked his ticket out of more than 509,000 entries on March 26. The man won $1 million.

How common are big wins in this area? This year there have been more than 260 winning claims of $500 or more from York, Lancaster and Chester counties, an average of 2.6 winners per day in the three-county area.

Those wins combine for more than $5.25 million in prize money. They also show some lucky locales, like the Discount Mart with five winners and Arch Mart with two wins in a single day — both in Rock Hill. A Lancaster Food Lion has six wins. There are multi-winners in Fort Mill and elsewhere.

Search each of the 264 lottery winners from York, Chester and Lancaster counties so far in 2019 (as of April 11):

State lottery data also shows which games are luckiest so far in 2019 in this area. Seventy-five winners played the Pick 4 game, which produced the most wins in the three counties this year. The Palmetto Cash 5 has 65 winners so far.

Want to know how many wins came from Indian Land, Great Falls or Catawba? Search local lottery wins with this interactive graphic:

A Charlotte Observer investigation uncovered dozens of North Carolina lottery retailers or employees — the gatekeepers to potential fortunes — who beat improbable odds time and again to collect significant prizes at their own stores. Here's how un

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John Marks covers community growth, municipalities and general news mainly in the Fort Mill and York County areas. He began writing for the Herald and sister papers in 2005 and won dozens of South Carolina Press Association and other awards since.
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