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Harnett County man to use $200,000 prize to help parents

September 15, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:48 PM
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Ismael Jimenez of Broadway says his parents have always looked out for him and after winning a $200,000 lottery prize it is his time to take care of them.

“I’m going to give it to my parents,” said Jimenez. “They have been through a lot. I feel like they deserve it. They can pay off their house, fix up their cars, and take care of bills they might have.”

Jimenez, a warehouse worker, said winning the lottery felt like “a dream.”

The dream started Friday when Jimenez got off work in Sanford, stopped to get gas at the Save More on South Horner Boulevard, and decided to also try his luck on a $5 Mega Bucks ticket.

“I thought it was too good to be true,” he recalled of first seeing the prize.

So, Jimenez said he decided to go to bed and see if his ticket still had a prize on it in the morning. He woke up on Saturday, saw the prize still on his ticket, and asked his parents to check and confirm the win. They did.

“I felt blessed,” Jimenez said.

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

The Mega Bucks game launched in January with 10 top prizes of $200,000. One top prize remains to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million a year for education. A $10 million grant, using money raised by the lottery, will help Harnett County build the new Northwest Harnett Elementary School. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new school was held on Wednesday.

 


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9/17/2021 07:35 - Anthony C.

Congrats man im in harnett county also would love a dream like yours even a couple thousand dollars but what can i say just gotta keep trying but congratulations glad someone here won something

9/16/2021 08:08 - John J.

Lucky you!!!-- Lucky parents too!!

9/16/2021 04:01 - Jennifer F.

What a wonderful thing to do. Your parents are very blessed to have a son like you. :)

9/16/2021 02:52 - Apryl D.

Hi Mr. Jimenez, I commend you for recognizing all your parents have done for you. Often, you find children who are selfish.You deserve this win. Be blessed!

9/16/2021 10:55 - Casselle W.

"want he do it!! congrats on such a blessing paying it forward is alll-right. More wins will come your way, stay safe out here.

9/16/2021 10:37 - DEMARIE T.

Family first. Good for you!! Congrats and I hope another big win comes your way.

9/16/2021 09:08 - MICHAEL B.

Congratulations! Great gesture parents are important. You are Blessed!

9/16/2021 05:16 - Anita A.

A lovely ??!

9/16/2021 12:47 - Phyllis H.

Congratulations!! That’s Awesome giving it to your parents.

9/16/2021 12:29 - gloria g.

Oh wonderfull, now you can stay with parents while you play online! Congrats!

9/15/2021 06:14 - Kimberly F.

Congratulations and its wonderful what you doing for your parents I hope I live to see the day I can give back and help my mom God is Good and you are blessed even if you didnt win I know I am

9/15/2021 05:28 - Shirley G.

Congratulations

9/15/2021 04:35 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more wonderful wins. It is a good thing how you want to give back to your parents. That is great.

9/15/2021 04:06 - Natalie R.

Congratulations !!

9/15/2021 03:06 - DL H.

Congratulations to you! What a wonderful gesture to gift this winning to your parents!!!! :-)

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