Eastern North Carolina man wins big on scratch-off ticket after first choice sold out

Published 10:16 am Sunday, September 11, 2022

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The North Carolina Education Lottery has reported a big win on a scratch-off ticket by an eastern North Carolina man.

Douglas Hurlock, of Havelock, a soon-to-be-first-time-father, bought a $25 scratch-off ticket and won a $100,000 prize.

“Now my child’s medical care will be taken care of when he’s born,” Hurlock said.

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“I gave it to my wife to look at because I didn’t believe I was seeing what I was seeing,” he said.

Hurlock bought his lucky ticket at the Speedway on East Main Street in Havelock. He said he bought a Spectacular Riches ticket because his first choice was sold out.

Hurlock collected his prize Thursday, September 9, 2022 and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $71,017.

Hurlock said the only plan he has right now for the money is taking care of his child. He said the baby is due in late November.

The Spectacular Riches game debuted in October with eight top prizes of $1 million and 20 $100,000 prizes. Three $1 million prizes and nine $100,000 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.