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SC man bags $750,000 prize on his way to the dentist

October 14, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 1:17 PM

On the way to the dentist’s office, Larry Hales of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. stopped to cash in a winning $20 ticket, tried his luck again, and walked away as the winner of a $750,000 prize.

“I couldn’t be happier,” he said.

Hales purchased his lucky $10 Jumbo Bucks ticket from the Han-Dee Hugo on Benson Highway in Garner.

“I had a ticket that I went and cashed in,” said Hales. “I was standing there I said, ‘Well, why don’t I just buy a $10 ticket instead of a $20?’ And I thought, ‘If I win $750,000 I believe I can live with that.’”

Soon after making his purchase, he continued to his dentist’s office.

“I actually put the tickets in my truck and went in for my dental appointment,” said Hales. “After, I had to go to the bank to deposit some other money I had and I scratched them off while I was waiting in line at the drive-thru at the bank.”

He shared the news of his good fortune with his wife right away.

“I had to show the tickets to her and ask her, ‘Please read this to make sure I’m seeing this right,’” he recalled. “I’ll bet we look at those tickets a dozen times before we came up here.”

Hales claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $530,628.

He and his wife plan to spend the prize money on a few home repairs. “We might buy a new car,” said Hales. “Maybe a new truck.”


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10/16/2020 12:34 - Kimberly F.

I'm so happy that God chose you to win he is so amazing

10/16/2020 04:13 - Cathy T.

So happy for you and Bonnie. You are so lucky all the time. Wish some of that luck would rub off on me.

10/15/2020 10:38 - Brenda S.

Happy for you. Keep playing.??????

10/15/2020 12:37 - anna p.

That Is A BLESSING:GOD is still in the blessing.

10/15/2020 12:08 - Betty B.

Awesome! Congrats

10/14/2020 10:52 - Teresa A.


10/14/2020 09:44 - William A.

You did good. You won more money than if you had hit a million and took the payout.I wish all the 10 dollar tickets would go to a $750,000 prize so people can get more money!

10/14/2020 08:07 - Marquita G.

Congrats! Shirley, I feel the pick 3 is just a scam 4 times in less than 2 weeks. Hundreds of dollars in quick picks for months with no wins. Scam! I bet if you play 719 now it will take 2 years to come out again

10/14/2020 07:54 - connie b.

he has been a very lucky man in raffle half and half tickets.drawings for grills..meats.etc and he is a great guy..wonderful news..cb nmb sc

10/14/2020 06:57 - Stacey H.

it's nice for your win, but here we go again fff#$^^^%%$$ing east coast. even the fast play all winners on east side of the state. and please don't send a comment back saying their are winners all over the state. i guess my eyes are better than yours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NC Lottery
Hey there Stacey! We wanted to let you know that while this winner lives on the coast, he actually bought his ticket in Garner, which is in the Piedmont region. If you read the blog or our social media pages long enough, you'll see that we have winners in all different places across North Carolina. We get similar comments from players in every region of the state--some notice that there are many winners in the east. Some say the same thing about the west. Many think that only big cities have big winners. And some mention that a lot of big winners are from small towns. The truth is that it takes a lot of luck to win no matter where you live or play - big city or small town, east or west!

10/14/2020 05:57 - Sharrett D.

Palmetto Bug

10/14/2020 04:08 - Nochal B.


10/14/2020 03:58 - shirley b.

Is there something wrong with the machine for pick 3. I have never seen one number come out 4 times in one month. Just let your players know if there is a malfunction. NC Lottery
Hi Shirley, Our team has strict security procedures in place to ensure that every set of numbers has the exact same chance of being drawn in every drawing. This includes using a randomly selected ball machine and randomly selected ball set during each different drawing. Every combination has a 1 in 1,000 chance of being drawn in each and every drawing. In games where you can choose numbers from 0-9, it’s no surprise that we see similar patterns come up every so often.

10/14/2020 02:38 - Douglas H.

LOVE this story!!! Beyond happy for the both of you and your family. So happy you can do those house repairs and get a new truck!!!!!!! Amazing win

10/14/2020 01:47 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more wonderful wins.

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