Bethea said the winner chose a "quick pick" ticket, letting the computer select thenumbers, drawn Wednesday night: 7-10-22-32-35, with the Powerball of 19.The actual value is $399.4 million, with a direct cash option of $233 million. It's the largestPowerball winning ticket sold in South Carolina and the fourth largest in Powerball history.In May, a Florida widow won the biggest Powerball jackpot in history -- a $590 million pot.Manager Keith Wedmore said ticket traffic the day of the winning sale was fairly constant.Donna Taylor of Columbia, 42, was among those who purchased from the station, but itwasn't her lucky day."I didn't win. I'm frustrated," said Taylor, who runs a cleaning service. "I think I'm going togo right in there and buy another ticket today."Leo Hinnant, 48, of Columbia, leaned on his pickup and laughed at all the fuss."It's high time it's come close to home, but I want to see who the winner is," he said.
Powerball jackpot winner in South Carolina remains a mystery
LEXINGTON, S.C. -- When they learned that a Powerball ticket worth $400 million hadbeen sold at a gas station across the road, workers at Econ-O-Bug Termite and PestControl said they had a few big, wishful dreams. But they didn't have the prized ticket intheir hands, so they came to work as usual Thursday in their yellow bug-battling vans."I sure didn't win it," said Jason Vannest, 32, of Lexington. He looked wistfully out thewindow at the buzz of activity at the Murphy USA gas station. "I'd be on vacation if I had,that's for sure."Colleague Eddie Terrell chimed in that he had his destination all picked out, even thoughhe wasn't the winner in Wednesday night's drawing of the fourth-largest prize in Powerballhistory."I'd be on a flight to Ireland right now," said Terrell, 50. He said he purchased hisPowerball ticket at another store, but he was still curious. "I just want to know who won it,"he said.But the winner didn't attend Thursday's news conference at the gas station, and his or heridentity remained a mystery even to lottery officials."We have no idea who holds this ticket," Lottery Executive Director Paula Harper Betheasaid. She said winners in South Carolina do not have to come forward publicly.Bethea advised the winner to sign the back of the ticket, put it in a safe place, and consultfinancial and legal advice. He or she has 180 days to come forward to lottery officials,Bethea added.The lucky ticket was one of 356 sold Wednesday afternoon at the gas station, nestled justoff 1-20 west of Columbia. On Thursday, dozens of reporters and rows of televisionsatellite trucks gathered at the station, along a road lined with fast-food restaurants, meat3