The 2-2-2-2 combo was also drawn in 2012, though there were only 652 winners that go-round

By Rachel DeSantis
October 02, 2019 02:26 PM
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Great minds think alike — especially among a slew of lucky lottery winners in South Carolina.

More than 1,400 people played 2-2-2-2 in the Pick 4 lottery on Saturday — and when the combination was drawn, the South Carolina Education Lottery issued a record payout of more than $3.4 million, according to a news release.

Winners will receive anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000, depending on how much they paid for their ticket.

The release said there was quite the line of winners queueing up to claim their prize at the Lottery’s Claim Center in Columbia, and many had special reasons for picking 2-2-2-2.

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One woman said the numbers were chosen in memory of her daughter, while another said she picked them because her birthday is Feb. 22, the South Carolina Education Lottery said.

Many winners said they’ve played all 2s for years. One fortunate person played it 16 times on Saturday, meaning he or she scored an $80,000 pay day.

The last time 2-2-2-2 was drawn, in July 2012, 652 winners claimed prizes, according to the release.