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SC woman becomes superstitious after buying winning lottery ticket at Walmart gas station

TIM DOMINICK /ONLINE@THESTATE.COM

The signs were there, a Midlands woman said after winning a South Carolina Education Lottery game’s grand prize.

My hand was itching a lot,” the woman told lottery officials, according to a news release.

And having itchy palms is a centuries-old superstition that’s said to mean you are about to gain or lose money.

Whether you believe in superstitions or think they’re silly, it’s a fact that the woman who claimed to have an itchy hand won $30,000 on a scratch-off lottery game that she bought at a Walmart property, officials said.

The woman spent $2 to purchase a 20X The Cash game at the Walmart Fuel Station at 337 Pinewood Road in Sumter, according to the release.

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When she revealed the five-figure prize while sitting in her car, the woman thought about the superstitions and asked herself “Is it true? Is it true?” officials said.

Now that she cashed in her winning ticket, the woman says she a believer, according to the release.

The woman said she doesn’t know how she’ll spend the newfound windfall, saying “I don’t have any plans for it yet.”

The winner will be allowed to retain some privacy, as South Carolina is one of 11 states — along with Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas and Virginia — that allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.

The odds of winning the $30,000 top prize in the 20X The Cash game were 1-in-720,000, according to the release. This was the last of the game’s three top prize-winning tickets that had been unclaimed, and the scratch-off contest has since ended, officials said.

The Walmart gas station received a commission of $300 for selling the claimed ticket, according to the release.