A Goose Creek man is $200,000 richer thanks to a lucky hand at the lottery.
Theodore Watson bought a newspaper and a scratch-off ticket one Sunday while racing to return a rental car, S.C. Lottery Commission spokeswoman Holli Armstrong said in a news release.
Watson scratched the ticket while killing some time at a stoplight. To his surprise, it was a winner, the release said.
Watson called his wife and first asked her not to be mad that he was running late, Armstrong said. Then, he broke the news.
“She told me she would kill me if I was lying,” Watson told lottery officials.
Watson used his winnings to buy his wife a new car, Armstrong said.
“I’ve played scratch tickets since I was 18,” he said. “It comes from my mom, who growing up would buy them at the gas station. I watched her scratch them for fun and that’s why I do it.”
Watson claimed the first $200,000 top prize in seven $10 Cool Turquoise games, Armstrong said. The odds of winning were 1 in 576,000, she said.
Murphy Express will receive $2,000 for selling the winning ticket, officials said.