Wylie Craig has been buying entries to the South Carolina Education Lottery scratch-off games for more than ten years; in fact he had been placing bets since the $5 scratch-offs were sold in 2002. His persistence finally paid off with a $125,000 grand prize win.
The chances of winning in the scratch-off game is just 1 in 495,000. Wylie claims it has nothing to do with luck, as he had been investing on $5 bets for many years. He jokingly says it may have taken that many bets to win; of course it is just an exaggeration.
His brother Max owns the store where he bought the winning ticket, and was awarded $1250.
79 year old Wylie still has no plans for the money and is content knowing he’s gone from broke to having a small fortune.