Gary Strauss, USA TODAY
The owner of Powerball's fourth-biggest winner jackpot ticket hasn't stepped forward after hitting the winning numbers Wednesday night, but with a ticket worth nearly $400 million, they're probably skipping work this morning.
The ticket, sold at a Murphy Express gas station in Lexington, S.C., Wednesday, is worth about $223.3 million if paid out as a one-time cash option. An annuity, paid over 29 years, would average about $13 million annually.
The ticket was one of 356 sold at the outlet near Columbia in the hours leading up to the Powerball's 11 p.m. drawing Wednesday, says corporate spokeswoman Tammy Taylor.
A store manager put a sign outside the door urging ticket holders to check their numbers. Just to be sure: they're 7-10-22-32-35 with the Powerball number 19. The store will receive $50,000 from the lottery and South Carolina will received up to $15 million in taxes.
The jackpot had rolled 11 times since Aug. 10 and had surged to $399.4 million when no one won Saturday's $317 million prize.
Odds of winning: 1 in 175.2 million.
South Carolina Lottery officials said the winning ticket was a computer-generated "quick pick." They have not identified the winner, who has 180 days to claim their winnings. Unlike other states which require winners to be identified, this Powerball winner could remain anonymous.
"This is a life changing event for the winner - or winners - state lottery director Paul Harper Bethea says. She advised the holder to sign the ticket, step back and seek financial and legal advice before accepting the winnings.
While massive, the jackpot is far less than the record $590 million Powerball jackpot won in May by 84-year-old Florida widow Gloria MacKenzie.
The previous record holder for a South Carolina Powerball jackpot, Solomon Jackson Jr., won $259 million in 2009.