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Charlotte man to use $250,000 win to secure ‘future’ for his daughter

December 22, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 12:07 PM

After a difficult few months, Joe Camp of Charlotte hit a stroke of good luck to the tune of a $250,000 lottery prize.

“I just recently got employed at a car dealership auto sales center,” said Camp. “I was a teacher for 20 years, a preschool teacher, and I got laid off on September 6. A month after that, my dad passed away. And it put me in a dark place. But I have a lot of friends and family that just told me to keep sticking in there, keep believing in myself.”

Camp purchased his winning $250,000 Gold Rush ticket from the Coulwood BP on Belhaven Boulevard in Charlotte.

“Thursday morning, I went to the store and bought a scratch-off ticket like I usually do,” said Camp. “And I bought two tickets. I didn’t win on the first one, so I tried the second and I scratched it off, and I fell to my knees at the gas pump.”

Camp claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $176,876.

"What I plan on doing with my winnings is having a future for my daughter,” he said. His plans include a new home for himself and his daughter and saving for her education.

“I want to get a home because I want to set it up for my family, my grandkids,” he added. “I want to have something for us. I never had anything, no one passed anything down, and that’s what I want to do.”


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12/26/2020 05:26 - Mary W.

Your story makes my day !! Happy Holidays to you and all of your family!

12/24/2020 02:14 - Lindsay L.

I live in Oakdale Joe and it warms my heart to hear stories like yours from local neighborhoods. God bless you and your family this Christmas and congratulations on your win!

12/24/2020 09:35 - Denver G.

Congrats Joe Camp. I can't think of a more deserving player/winner. Sounds like you have made very good plans for the future. Happy Holidaze indeed.

12/23/2020 11:47 - Charles H.

I should've known, another school teacher.

12/23/2020 10:40 - Sabrina D S.

Congrats on your win. May this win bring you more relief and prosperity for you and family. Cheers to you.????????

12/23/2020 02:29 - Vashanda W.

Merry Christmas and congratulations to you and your family. I pray I will win soon myself.

12/22/2020 11:28 - Elonda B.

Congratulations and Merry Christmas ??

12/22/2020 08:19 - joanie m.

Congratulations Joe great win and Merry Christmas i know the feeling my stepdad got my grandpas homes after my mom passed with Alzheimer's he changed the will and he left them to his children that never knew my grandfather and they live in homes and drive his cars

12/22/2020 03:18 - Michael B.

Wow! I buy tickets frequently at this store. Congrats

12/22/2020 02:10 - karen b.

Congratulations and many blessings upon your family ..

12/22/2020 01:22 - Douglas H.

Congratulations!! Merry Christmas :-). Great win for you and your family

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