The winner of the Powerball jackpot worth nearly $400 million has come forward, but decided to remain anonymous.
The winning ticket was presented to the South Carolina Education Lottery Monday afternoon, state lottery officials say the winner was identified as a Columbia area resident.
This news comes four days after it was announced a Murphy Express gas station in Lexington sold the winning ticket for Powerball’s fourth largest jackpot. Murphy Express will receive a $50,000 bonus now that the prize has been claimed.
In a press release, lottery officials say the winner shared that this was only the second time he’s played the lottery. The winner said he stopped for gas at the Murphy Express the day of the drawing after his wife called and told him to pick up hot dog buns. He went inside the store, saw the advertised Powerball jackpot, and bought $20 worth of tickets.
However, he quickly realized that Murphy does not sell hot dog buns. He was home alone on Thursday and, after checking his Powerball ticket, he told only his dog that he had won.