news blog > article

Good deed by retired Shelby fireman leads to $4 million win

March 18, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 10:15 AM
For Kenneth Crews, a retired Shelby fireman, his good deed of giving a friend a ride to work on a rainy Sunday led to a $4 million prize.

Crews, who retired after 32 years as a fireman, said he often gives a friend who doesn’t drive a ride to work. He said he usually turns down money for the ride, but because of the rainy weather his friend insisted he take $60 for the help.

“He said, ‘Please, put it on a scratch-off, you might hit something today,’” Crews recalled his friend saying.

On the way home, Crews stopped by the Southern Store on South Lafayette Street in Shelby, took his friend’s advice, and bought three $20 Ruby Red 7s tickets. He found no prize on one ticket, a $30 prize on a second, and $4 million on the third.

“Perfect timing and luck,” Crews said as he collected his prize at lottery headquarters on Monday. “Very exciting. I call it my three-year retirement payout. I retired three years ago.”

Crews had a choice of taking the prize as a 20-year annuity, getting $200,000 a year, or taking a lump sum of $2.4 million. He chose the lump sum and after state and federal withholdings took home $1,698,006.

He said he planned to use the money to build a new retirement home and help family members pay bills.

The Ruby Red 7s game started in January with four top prizes of $4 million. Two of those prizes remain to be claimed.


Login to leave a comment.

3/21/2020 10:48 - Lina A.

Congratulations, god is good!!!

3/20/2020 10:46 - Teresa O.

God is good. May God continue pouring out His blessing. May your cup runneth over

3/20/2020 07:09 - sheila a.


3/20/2020 02:41 - Larry R.

Congratulations. Blessings come in many forms. Pass it on.

3/19/2020 11:29 - ANGEL W.


3/19/2020 10:41 - Brenda S.

Fantastic. See you should lisen to your friends more often. Good luck.

3/19/2020 10:01 - Jacqueline B.

Please reward the guy who gave you the $60, he had a positive feeling you would win someday!

3/19/2020 07:25 - Thomas B.

I am having trouble entering my tickets. When I go to login it does not go thru. The screen comes up and that circle keeps buffering and it will go back to the home page. This has been going on for over a week.NC Lottery
Sorry about that, Thomas! Please try clearing your browser cache and restarting. If this continues, our support team is here to help. You can reach them 24/7 at

3/19/2020 06:01 - Keshawn M.

Congratulations sir

3/19/2020 02:02 - Gloria C.

Congradulations to you and I wish you many more happy wins.

3/18/2020 11:47 - Sharon S.

Congratulations sir! Now if the guy you've been giving a ride work has license! Wouldn't be nice to pay it forward and get him a car!!! I'm just saying??????????

3/18/2020 11:43 - Tatiana D.

What a wonderful story! We all need to help our neighbors in this difficult time. The choice to get three tickets in a row definitely was the right one for him.

3/18/2020 10:16 - Juanita T.

God Is Good, All the Time. Congrats on your win.

3/18/2020 10:02 - Tawana H.


3/18/2020 07:58 - elizabeth j.

Congratulations Mr. Crews.

3/18/2020 06:23 - Jametrius M.

Woww only 1.6 million from 4 million dollars well hey at least hes still a millionaire lol ssmh but damn

3/18/2020 05:26 - Henry B.


3/18/2020 04:33 - Cynthia M.

I would use the money to put my kids though school and to fix damage to my house and pay it off. And have no car so would buy a car and it would help with bills. But money in the bank for my kids and me would be nice. It would definitely help me out to have some good luck for once

3/18/2020 03:44 - Crystal W.

Congratulations Crews!!!

3/18/2020 01:49 - Michael B.

Hey can NCEL do something for the players during this Coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic! Like practicing social distancing by increased points online or tickets since we are taking risk. We are the players show us some love ! NC Lottery
Thanks for asking, Michael! Online Play is a fun and convenient way for you to keep playing some of your favorite games from the comfort of your couch, and we are always looking at ways to make it even more rewarding for our players. We're working to create some new and exciting promotions, so be sure opt-in to receive promotional emails so you can stay informed on when we launch those. Stay tuned!

3/18/2020 12:18 - Denver G.

KARMA, KARMA, KARMA !!!!!!NC Lottery
Most certainly! We hope you're doing well, Denver.

3/18/2020 10:52 - Gwendolyn W.


Buy & Scan with the NC Lottery Official Mobile App – Now with Ticket Checker!

Available on the
App Store
  Available for