SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A Grand Strand man who won $2 million on a lottery ticket credits good luck and good timing for his win, according to the South Carolina Education Lottery.

Lottery officials said the man stopped into the Circle K store at 501 Highway. 17 N. to play the lottery. The clerk handed him two $20 lottery tickets, but he only had enough cash to purchase one.

He played the ticket he purchased and won $20, the lottery said. He then used the money he won to purchase the other $20 ticket and that led to him winning $2 million. 

“I was in the perfect place at the perfect time,” the winner said in a news release. “I’m so thankful it happened.” 

The man plans to invest his money, according to the release. 

The winner of the ticket beat the 1 in 1,245,000 odds to leave five more top prizes of $2 million remaining in the Fastest Road to $2,000,000 game. 

The Circle K that sold the winning ticket will receive a commission of $20,000.

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Taylor Ford is a digital journalist for News13. She joined the News13 team in January 2023. Taylor is a Florence native and covers the Pee Dee out of News13’s Florence Bureau. Read more of Taylor’s work here.