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Winning Powerball Ticket Sold in S.C.

Columbia, S.C. — Fortune struck South Carolina on Wednesday night with the area’s second big lottery win in four years.

A winning Powerball ticket for the nation’s fifth largest-ever lottery prize, $399.4 million, was bought at a Lexington convenience store.

The Murphy Express near I-20 sold a ticket that matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night — 7-10-22-32-35-Powerball 19.

The winner can take $233 million in cash or an annuity paid over 29 years for $399.4 million, the S.C. Education Lottery said. Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1-in-175 million.

The Columbia-region has become a lucky spot for lottery winners. Now $659 million in Powerball jackpots have been won within 20 miles of each other in the past four years.

S.C. lottery officials suggested the new jackpot winner, who has not been identified, sign the back of the ticket and seek financial or legal advice before claiming the prize.

Wednesday’s winner was the second huge Powerball payout in the past six weeks. A $448 million Powerball prize, the nation’s fourth biggest jackpot, was shared among three winning tickets sold in New Jersey and Minnesota last month.

The rising jackpots — due to ticket prices doubling to $2 — helped push S.C. lottery sales to a state-record $1.2 billion in 2012-13.

Deposits to the lottery’s education fund hit $303 million, the most in seven years. S.C. lottery sales started in 2002.