North Carolina man ‘in shock’ after $100,000 scratch-off ticket win with found $20: ‘I couldn’t believe it’
Published 7:04 am Wednesday, August 23, 2023
The North Carolina Education Lottery has reported on a six-figure surprise win by a Wayne County man.
Thomas Presley, of Goldsboro, did not initially plan on buying a scratch-off Wednesday morning, August 16, but after he found $20 in his pocket, he tried his luck and uncovered a $100,000 prize.
“I was just in shock,” he recalled. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Presley, an assistant principal, said he had to double-check to make sure he really won. “Sometimes I mistakenly look at the numbers wrong,” he laughed.
He bought his lucky $20 100X The Cash ticket from the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Tommys Road in Goldsboro.
“First I called my wife,” he said. “She didn’t believe it so I took a picture of it to show her.”
Presley collected his prize at lottery headquarters the same day and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $71,256.
He said he will use the prize winnings to do some home improvements and save for his daughter’s education.
For details on ways money raised by the lottery made an impact across the state last year, visit nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.