It was a happy first day of spring for a Blackville man who won $300,000 in the lottery last week.


The man’s winning ticket matched all five numbers drawn for the Palmetto Cash 5 game – 5, 11, 21, 30 and 34. He purchased the winning ticket at the Quick Pantry 32 on West Main Street in Williston, according to the S.C. Education Lottery. Because he spent the extra buck to “power up,” his prize tripled from $100,000 to $300,000.


“I’ve always loved to see people win,” he said in a statement.


The winner chose not to be identified, according to Holli Armstrong, a spokesperson for the S.C. Education Lottery.


“In South Carolina, players do have that option on their claim form when they come in with their winning ticket,” she said.


The man said he has played the Cash 5 game for eight years and plans to remain faithful to it.


“I’ve got a ticket in my pocket right now, he said while waiting on his check.


About $96,000 in state and federal taxes were withheld from the winnings, Armstrong said.


The odds of winning $300,000 playing Cash 5 are one in 1,606,214, according to Armstrong. For selling the claimed ticket, the Williston store will receive a commission of $3,000.


To date, lottery play has resulted in more than $3 billion transferred to support education.