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$1M lottery ticket sold in Columbia, but no winner has come forward

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A lottery ticket worth a million bucks was sold Tuesday at a convenience store in Columbia, but the winner has yet to claim their prize.

Lottery officials say the Millionaire Raffle ticket was sold at the Kangaroo Express at 3800 Rosewood Drive. "We're just looking for the winners, waiting for them to come," said lottery spokeswoman Paula Harper Bethea.

In order to be a winner, the randomly selected raffle number printed on the ticket must match the eight-digit raffle number in the exact order drawn including leading zeros to be considered a winner. The winning number is 00111301.

A $100,000 ticket was also sold Tuesday at the Bi-Lo at 7830 Garners Ferry Road.  The winning number for that ticket is 00063586.

Lottery officials say the delay isn't unusual. "Quite frankly, sometimes if you figure out you've won a million dollars, it might take you a minute or two to kind of comprehend that and get to the claim center," said Bethea.

Raffle winners have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prizes. Winners are encouraged to sign their ticket backs and secure the tickets.

A complete list of winning Millionaire Raffle numbers is available on the Lottery's website at http://www.sceducationlottery.com. Lottery retailers can check raffle tickets or print a list of the top 24 winning raffle numbers. 

The Millionaire Raffle launched September 13 and offered players in South Carolina the best odds of the games offered by the Lottery to win $1 million. 

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