All the Two’s Sees Record Number of Players win South Carolina Lottery
The Pick 4 Lottery game in South Carolina is extremely popular with the players and this is because you’ve more chance of scooping a nice prize with fewer balls, but the lottery organisation was surprised to learn that in the recent drawing (Saturday), almost 1400 people won and each of those players had chosen the exact same numbers; 2-2-2-2.
The record number of wins will see players picking up anything between $2000 and $5000 each and this is a lot of money despite there being so many winners. Holli Armstrong, a lottery spokeswoman told the CNN that the winners were lining up outside the building on Monday to collect their winnings and this was before the pay-out office in Columbia had even opened.
Bottles of water were handed out to the many winners by the lottery due to the soaring temperature in the Southern heat. The amount of cash a single person could win would depend on the number of tickets they had and the amount they spent on those tickets. One lucky winner cashed out $80,000 on choosing 2-2-2-2 and this was from 16 lottery tickets.
It’s estimated that the almost 1400 winners have cost the lottery more than $3.4 million and almost half of this was paid out before midday on Monday. Tuesday also saw a line of winners appear outside the pay-out office, but it was smaller than the day before.
This latest spate of winners blows the previous record of winners on the quadruple 2’s (2-2-2-2) out of the water! On 8th July 2012, 652 winners received cash – fast-forward 7 years and the number of winners soared to approximately 1400!
About the Game
Pick 4 is a four-digit game from the South Carolina Education Lottery. Pick 4 drawings are held every evening at 6:59 and aired live on local television stations. Midday drawings are not televised and are held Monday through Saturday afternoons at 12:59. No midday drawings are held on Sundays or on Christmas Day. Players have the option of choosing to play a straight ticket to match numbers in the exact order drawn or to play a box ticket to match numbers drawn in any order. There is a straight/box choice to cover both possibilities. Players have the option of purchasing a combo ticket equal to 4, 6, 12, or 24 straight plays. Each play costs 50¢ or $1. The odds of winning in the pick 4 game are 1 in 1667 and prizes range from $600 to $1200 per ticket.