The winner of South Carolina's nearly $400-million Powerball jackpot has come forward.
The winning ticket was presented today to the South Carolina Education Lottery by a Columbia resident who wants to remain anonymous, which is allowed by state law.
Lottery officials have not said if the man is taking the $399.4-million payout over 29 years or the lump-sum cash option of $233-million.
They did say the winner told them this was only the second time he has played the lottery.
He said he was home alone Thursday when he checked his Powerball ticket and turned around in his kitchen, telling only his dog that he had won.
He said he had stopped at the Murphy Express gas station on Augusta Road in Lexington the day before – the day of the drawing – after his wife called and told him to pick up hot dog buns.
He went inside, saw a sign advertising the high jackpot -- fourth-largest in Powerball history – and bought $20 worth of tickets.
But he had to go somewhere else for those hot dog buns because the gas station does not sell them.