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Robeson County hurricane victim to make his school dreams come true with $200,000 prize

November 19, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 1:57 PM

After suffering damage from Hurricane Matthew and Florence, Mark Hall Jr. of Rowland said he plans to use a $200,000 lottery prize to rebuild his home and his dream of going to school.

“The home I’m living in was damaged by both storms,” Hall said. “We still have repairs to do. I’ll use some of the money for that, but I also want to use the money to go to school. I wasn’t able to go after I graduated high school, but now I can. I do landscaping and electrical work right now, but after I go back to school, I could open my own business. This is going to open up a whole new world for me.”

Hall’s good fortune started Monday afternoon when he stopped for gas at the Sun-Do 711 on N.C. 711 in Lumberton. While there, he bought a $5 All About The Bens scratch-off ticket.

“I only play the lottery once in a blue-moon,” said Hall. “If I do play, I normally only get the $1 scratch-off tickets. Something told me to play higher, so I did.” 

Hall took the ticket back to his van and started scratching.

“I wasn’t sure what I won at first,” Hall said. “I showed my dad and said, ‘I think I won $200’. He looked at the ticket and told me that I needed to look at it again. That’s when I saw the $200,000. My head started spinning. I was speechless.” 

Hall claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $141,501.  

“Thank you Jesus!” Hall said, putting his hands in the air and waving his check. “I feel so blessed right now. Thank you!”

The game launched in June with four top prizes of $200,000. Hall won the last top prize.

Ticket sales from games like All About The Bens make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $700 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.  


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11/21/2019 10:13 - Vivian p.

Enjoy your home, and do well in school I wish you nothing but the best

11/19/2019 08:31 - Berry B.

Great to see somebody From my area/county winning BIG, congrats Mark Hall Jr.!!

11/19/2019 05:30 - carolyn b.

Hi Carolyn, The ticket that won $25,000 A Year For Life in Monday night's Lucky For Life drawing was sold at the Wingate Food Mart on Hwy 74 E. in Wingate.

11/19/2019 03:49 - Brent W.

Congratulations Mark! ????

11/19/2019 03:05 - Gregory F.

Congratulations what a great blessing enjoy your blessing. Waiting on my blessing.

11/19/2019 02:44 - Denver G.

Good job young man. You have over come adversity and have an amazing future ahead of you. You have life skills, landscaping & electrical skills most people wish they had. May your good Karma continue and follow you.

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