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Greensboro mail carrier enjoys ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ $100,000 win

March 2, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:32 PM
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James Hines Jr. of Greensboro said he has never been more excited in his life after he scratched off a $100,000 lottery prize Monday night.

“This is like a once-in-a-lifetime type of thing,” he said.

Hines, a 50-year-old mail carrier, bought his lucky $30 Fabulous Fortune scratch-off from the E Quick Shop on Spring Garden Street in Greensboro. He then took his ticket to his car and started scratching.

“I thought maybe my eyes were deceiving me,” he recalled.

Hines said he needed to take a minute to calm down.

“I had to try to compose myself,” he laughed. “That’s the most excited I have ever been.”

Hines arrived at lottery headquarters Thursday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $71,259.

He said he will use the money to pay some bills.

Fabulous Fortune debuted in July with six $3 million prizes and 18 $100,000 prizes. One $3 million top prize and five $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

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3/03/2023 12:34 - Casselle W.

Congrats on such an awesome blessing, things you have been waiting and hoping for arrive at the most unexpected moments!! Pay it forward and stay safe.

3/03/2023 10:12 - Joe S.

Congratulations from Charlotte!

3/03/2023 09:49 - Mark P.

Congrats on your win! I sure have lost a lot on that ticket. Enjoy!

3/03/2023 07:46 - Jacmelly B.

NCEL- at what amount does mega millions stop offering the 5X megapiler ? Isn’t it $100 millionNC Lottery
Hi, Jacmelly! The Megaplier for Mega Millions can apply to all prize tiers besides the jackpot prize. You can see the prize structure outline on our site here: https://nclottery.com/mega-millions-how-to-play.

3/03/2023 01:03 - Gloria C.

Congratulations to you and I wish you many more wonderful wins

3/02/2023 07:42 - avery f.

Awesome congratulations I promise you that you will see my name on the winning board one day

3/02/2023 07:24 - Charles H.

Another damn mail carrier, no surprise here.

3/02/2023 06:13 - Lajelmoncknish S.

If you want to win big you have to move to the western part of NC!!!!! Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point etc.....

3/02/2023 05:22 - Adrian J.

Good job!

3/02/2023 04:44 - Angela A.

Congrats! Sure is interesting that a new $30 ticket getting ready to come out and we have (2) $100000 winners in the same week and same ticket. I will be glad when my day comes, so I can let someone else have this racket....

3/02/2023 04:39 - Larry H.

Good luck with your winning

3/02/2023 03:35 - Gracie F.

Congratulations! I’ll be the next winner.

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