Mega Millions win stirs small South Carolina town

At a small store off a two-lane road in rural South Carolina, "lightning struck," the excited mayor of Simps...

Posted: Oct 25, 2018 11:00 AM
Updated: Oct 25, 2018 11:00 AM

At a small store off a two-lane road in rural South Carolina, "lightning struck," the excited mayor of Simpsonville said Wednesday.

Mayor Janice Curtis said she found out from a reporter that the winning ticket in the $1.537 billion Mega Millions drawing had been sold in her town.

Amusements and gaming

Leisure and lifestyle

Lotteries

Continents and regions

North America

South Carolina

Southeastern United States

The Americas

United States

According to the mayor, the journalist asked, "How do you feel about this happening in little ol' Simpsonville?' And I about fell out. I had no idea. Can you believe it? One ticket! Here!"

Simpsonville is the kind of town where farm fields are giving way to housing developers. The city grew from 18,000 to 22,000 people as the Greenville suburbs encroached over the past seven years.

The mayor loves her residents.

"We are such a warm community, if someone needs something, we are there," she said. "If someone needs celebrating, and this is certainly an occasion to celebrate, we are there."

Lottery officials have given no details about the person who bought the winning ticket, whether they live in Simpsonville or were just passing by the KC Mart #7 and decided to stop.

The mart, with its six gas pumps, is an out-of-the way crossroads far from the interstate and used by locals headed home or to work.

People flocked to the store Wednesday to take pictures with the owner, or to see whether lightning will strike twice by buying tickets for the $620 million Powerball drawing.

Owner CJ Patel was shaking and had goose bumps as he absorbed the news that his establishment had sold the winning ticket, he told CNN affiliate WYFF in Greenville.

Patel's store gets $50,000 for selling the ticket, and he said he'll "do some good with that money."

As for the ticket holder?

"Whoever the winner is hopefully spends that money locally and (does) some good stuff for the community," Patel said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 4243

Reported Deaths: 153
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah116559
Marion96025
Washington73917
Clackamas31211
Deschutes1250
Umatilla1163
Linn1159
Polk9812
Lane733
Yamhill707
Jackson660
Benton555
Clatsop450
Klamath440
Jefferson330
Malheur320
Coos310
Douglas270
Wasco241
Josephine231
Hood River180
Columbia160
Lincoln120
Morrow110
Curry70
Union60
Tillamook60
Crook60
Wallowa20
Lake20
Sherman10
Harney10
Grant10
Baker10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 111951

Reported Deaths: 4172
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles550012362
Riverside7486323
San Diego7481269
Orange6261147
San Bernardino5246204
Alameda339096
Santa Clara2776141
San Francisco258842
Kern225038
San Mateo210484
Tulare184484
Fresno174335
Santa Barbara164912
Imperial163427
Contra Costa145037
Sacramento140056
Ventura107833
San Joaquin85834
Kings7464
Stanislaus74429
Sonoma5534
Monterey53010
Solano51722
Marin48314
Merced2837
San Luis Obispo2691
Placer2159
Santa Cruz2132
Yolo21124
Napa1123
Madera1062
Humboldt1013
El Dorado900
San Benito872
Sutter462
Del Norte450
Butte440
Nevada411
Shasta394
Mono371
Mendocino300
Yuba301
Lake210
Inyo201
Amador190
Mariposa161
Glenn160
Calaveras150
Siskiyou70
Colusa50
Lassen50
Tuolumne40
Plumas40
Tehama41
Alpine20
Trinity10
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 76°
Brookings
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 65°
Crater Lake
Broken Clouds
65° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 65°
Grants Pass
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 78°
Klamath Falls
Broken Clouds
65° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 65°
Warm Monday, isolated showers
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Monday, June 1 afternoon weather

Image

Monday, June 1 morning weather

Image

Klamath Falls Protest

Image

Sunday, May 31 evening weather

Image

Protests fill the streets of downtown Ashland

Image

Sunday, May 31 morning weather

Image

Saturday, May 20 evening weather

Image

Saturday, May 30 morning weather

Image

Hundreds, including local police and firefighters, support Class of 2020 in graduation parades

Image

Fink, Ristvedt honored as Ad Rutschman Small College Athletes of the Year