DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) – “Scratch-off tickets are distributed randomly across the state so you never know when you will find luck. it can happen anywhere,” said Van Denton, NC Lottery communications director.
It happened for two Duplin County men, who recently won big lottery prizes. Herman Owens and Michael Newberne each bought winning tickets in March and April. They claimed their prizes last week.
“He won the top prize in a game called ’20 times the Cash’ that’s $250,000, that’s a quarter of a million dollars. He’s a mechanic and enjoys playing scratch-off tickets so he tried his luck with that ticket,” said Denton.
After taxes, Owens is banking more than $176,000. Owens plans to pay off his mortgage and car loan.
Newberne bought his ticket while getting Gatorade at a gas station following a round of golf.
“He saw that ticket. The ‘Ruby Red Sevens’ caught his eye. He decided to try his luck and he won $100,000,” Denton said.
Newberne is getting more than $70,000 after taxes. He’ll put his winnings into home improvements, a new car, and help for his mom.
The lottery raises $700 million a year, with the revenue going into county education programs.
“About 10 million came back to Pitt County education programs and about 4 million to Duplin County education programs,” Denton said.
Denton said this is what the lottery is about, a chance for someone to win while also raising money for the state’s education system.