Eastern North Carolina man scores $250,000 win with ‘game changer’ of a scratch-off ticket

Published 8:20 am Sunday, August 28, 2022

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The North Carolina Education Lottery has reported a big win for an eastern North Carolina man.

After working all day in the sun, Kirk Nyberg Jr. of New Bern stopped by the store for cigarettes, added a $5 scratch-off and won a $250,000 prize.

“It’s a game changer for me,” Nyberg said.

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Nyberg, a 35-year-old construction worker, bought his lucky Mega Bucks Limited Edition ticket from the Speedway on N.C. 43 in Vanceboro.

He arrived to collect his prize on Thursday, August 18 and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $177,526.

“I want to buy my mom a new car,” Nyberg said. “Probably a van for her grandkids.”

Mega Bucks Limited Edition debuted this month with five $250,000 prizes. Three $250,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

For details on how money raised by the lottery made an impact in 2021, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.