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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The only ticket that matched all numbers in the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball's history was sold right here in South Carolina, but the winner has yet to come forward.
According to South Carolina Education Lottery officials, a ticket worth $399.4 million was bought at the Murphy USA on Augusta Road in Lexington on Wednesday.
The winning numbers in Wednesday's drawing for the $399-million jackpot were 7-10-35-32-22 and Powerball 19.
A press conference announcing the winning ticket was held at the Murphy USA at 11 a.m. Thursday with South Carolina Education Lottery officials. The winner has yet to come forward and no one knows yet if they are from South Carolina, but lottery officials are optimistic they may be local.
"We really hope this one is home grown," said Paula Harper Bethea, director of South Carolina Education Lottery.
No matter who the winner is, they have 180 days to come forward to claim their prize and must claim it from the lottery office in Columbia.
They also have the option to take the cash payout of about $233 million or a fixed, regular amount paid out over 29 years worth the $399.4 million.
Lottery officials advise the winner to sign the back of the ticket, put it in a safe location, seek financial or legal advice from a trusted source, and then come forward to claim their winning ticket.
The store will get a $50,000 commission for selling the ticket. Paula Harper Bethea, director of South Carolina Education Lottery, said the state will collect an estimated $12 to $15 million in taxes from the prize along with more money going to education.
A Match 5 winning ticket worth $1 million was also sold at the Tiger Express at 1257 Elm St. in Hampton, SC. Twelve tickets winning Match 5 were sold in California, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Those winners will take a $1-million prize.
This is the largest jackpot a South Carolina lottery player has ever won and the seventh Powerball jackpot won by someone in South Carolina.
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