If at first you don’t succeed, keep trying.
Georgianna Rosendary of North Charleston bought a scratch-off lottery ticket to win a car. She lost but entered the ticket for a chance at a six-figure payday.
She won the big bucks. “Play the lottery if you can afford to lose,” she tells people.
Rosendary won $100,000. After taxes, she received a check for $68,000, according to South Carolina Education Lottery officials.
“It was a good blessing. When I first saw it on the Internet, I said, ‘Thank you Lord,’” she said.
She gave $12,000 of the winnings to Body of Christ Church on Meeting Street Road for repairs and helping other members pay bills.
She also used her winnings to buy her husband, Edward, a late-model Chrysler 300.
“He loves it,” she said. Because she won the money, she will be able to afford what her insurer will not pay for Lap-Band surgery, she said. She learned she was a winner on March 24, and lottery officials announced it on Tuesday.
Rosendary, 58, who is disabled, and her husband run a clothing business. They have two sons and two daughters, all adults.
Her previous lottery winnings ranged from $40 to $500.
Rosendary hit paydirt when one of her nonwinning Jeep scratch-off tickets was selected in the lottery’s Jeep Vehicle Second-Chance Promotion.
A woman in Myrtle Beach won the Jeep, a lottery official said.
There were 206,939 second-chance entries received. People who lose in the initial scratch-off contest for a vehicle can enter their tickets by mail or online for a chance to win cash.
Since the start of the lottery in 2002, more than 1 million college scholarships and grants have been awarded to South Carolina students. In all, more than $2.6 billion has been transferred to support educational programs in the Palmetto State.