It took some arm-twisting from a friend, but a Hilton Head Island man won $200,000 playing the "Aces High" scratch-off game from the South Carolina Education Lottery.
According to a news release from the Education Lottery, the man almost passed on the ticket, which was the last Aces High left at the Palmetto Bay Road Enmark Station. Instead, a friend persuaded him to buy it.
"Normally I'm stubborn, but for some reason I agreed and bought that ticket," he said, according to the release.
The winner, whose identity was not released, cleared about $136,000 after state and federal taxes from the $10 ticket, according to lottery spokeswoman Holli Armstrong. The man and his fiancé collected the winnings Friday in Columbia. Armstrong said the winner planned to use his winnings to "put some smiles on his family's faces," and would "probably do something nice" for the friend who convinced him to buy the ticket.
(Source: Casey Conley, The Island Packet, www.islandpacket.com)