Behind $400M Powerball Win: Wife Wanted Hot Dog Buns
South Carolina man will remain anonymous
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 24, 2013 6:52 AM CDT
A request for hot dog buns led to a $400 million win.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Next time your wife asks you to do something, oblige ... and pick up a lotto ticket in the process. The winner of last week's $400 million Powerball jackpot came forward yesterday in South Carolina, and while he has chosen to remain anonymous, a few details of the Columbia man's win have emerged. Lottery officials say stopped to get gas at a Murphy Express gas station in Columbia the day of the drawing last Wednesday; while there, his wife called and asked him to buy some hot dog buns, reports WBTW.

He went inside to get them: There were no buns for sale, but after seeing the $400 million prize advertised, the winner bought $20 in lottery tickets, say lottery officials. He told them it was only his second time playing the lottery. The winner checked his ticket Thursday at his home and realized he was a winner. He told the only creature around: his dog. That dog, his wife and lottery officials may be the only people who know the winner for certain. South Carolina is one of only six Powerball states that allow winners to refuse to let their identities to be released. The others are Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, and Ohio. The jackpot was the fourth largest in the history of the game.

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Sep 24, 2013 2:19 PM CDT
I love this story! It is perfect propaganda! This will get the losers spending.
Sep 24, 2013 12:43 PM CDT
Hits the jackpot on his second try.........................................................................................................
Sep 24, 2013 12:39 PM CDT
I rarely buy a lottery ticket. An average human being has one chance of being hit by lightning in 3,500 years. Very small chance! I read a few years ago that the chances of winning a powerball lottery were the same as the statistical probability of getting hit by lightning, 14 times in one day. That's an infinitesimally small probability. Nevertheless, I have bought powerball lottery tickets on 2 or 3 occasions, just for fun. If I won one, I'd give 95% of it away to various causes and my friends and family. It's fun to imagine but not to take too seriously.