All 3 of his NC lottery tickets were winners, but the last one made his mouth drop
A trip to buy gasoline for a lawnmower ended with a North Carolina man making enough money to buy the pickup truck of his dreams.
It was Tuesday and Samson Wooten was at the Friendly Mart in Chinquapin when he got his lawnmower gas and decided to have a hot dog, according to a notice from the N.C. Education Lottery emerges. Chinquapine is located about 95 miles southeast of Raleigh in Duplin County.
Wooten bought a couple of Ruby Mine 9X lottery tickets at the counter and scratched them off in the store.
All three were winners, lottery officials said.
"I got a five (dollar) and a ten (dollar)," Wooten said in the press release.
On the third ticket, he "shut up," he said. It was worth $ 200,000, the game's top prize, officials said.
The odds of winning that much are 1 in 1.2 million, according to the lottery website.
Wooten, who lives in Rose Hill, drove to the Raleigh lottery headquarters the next day to get his money. The check came to $ 141,501 after state and state taxes were withheld, officials said.
Apparently the money is not being spent lightly. Wooten is a buyer and seller in the cattle business and intends to buy "another two-wheel truck for work," officials said.
What is left over is used for investments.
"I've always said that if I was ever gifted with a lump sum, I would invest it," Wooten said in the press release.
Lottery officials noted that Wooten's win happened randomly on National Hot Dog Day.
Tickets to the Ruby Mine 9X game are $ 5. The game started in June with four grand prizes of $ 200,000 and two remaining unclaimed, officials said.
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