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Husband checks South Carolina lottery ticket — and $1 million prize made him ‘numb’

A South Carolina man checking his lottery ticket won so much money that it made him “numb.”

Now, the man and his wife are celebrating their $1 million Powerball prize, the S.C. Education Lottery said in a Jan. 14 news release.

The couple scored the extra cash after the husband saw the game’s jackpot had grown to $400 million for the Dec. 25 drawing. Officials said he tried his luck on a ticket when he went to the Refuel gas station in Summerville, northwest of Charleston.

The man said he checked the ticket on Christmas night and “went numb” when it matched enough numbers to get a big windfall.

“My husband said, ‘We got one number, we got two, oh man, we’ve got five numbers,’” the wife told the S.C. Education Lottery. “I cried.”

While the ticket came short of hitting the jackpot, the couple still ended up richer. The husband and wife — who chose not to be identified in a news release — kept $690,000 after taxes, according to lottery spokesperson Holli Armstrong.

“We want to help our kids, us and charities,” the couple told officials.

The pair took home the prize after it had gone unclaimed for days. Officials in late December urged lottery players to check their tickets, as winners only have about six months to come forward, McClatchy News reported.

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