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Wayne County man finds $20 in his pocket, turns it into $100,000 win

August 17, 2023 Posted by NC Lottery at 12:38 PM

Goldsboro resident Thomas Presley did not initially plan on buying a scratch-off Wednesday morning but, after finding $20 in his pocket, he tried his luck and uncovered a $100,000 prize.

“I was just in shock,” he recalled. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Presley, an assistant principal, said he had to double-check to make sure he really won.

“Sometimes I mistakenly look at the numbers wrong,” he laughed.

He bought his lucky $20 100X The Cash ticket from the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Tommys Road in Goldsboro.

“First I called my wife,” he said. “She didn’t believe it so I took a picture of it to show her.”

Presley collected his prize at lottery headquarters Wednesday and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $71,256. He said he will use the prize winnings to do some home improvements and save for his daughter’s education.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise $2.5 million a day on average for education. Wayne County has received state grants totaling $30 million from monies raised by the lottery to help build a new elementary school. For details on other ways money raised by the lottery made a difference in Wayne County last year, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.


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8/21/2023 04:48 - NC Lottery

@Paul A. - Hi, Paul! We appreciate you reaching out and letting us know about this. Due to a technical interruption with the webform we used to collect entries into this social media promotion, the entry form closed early. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please stay tuned for new opportunities to win Panthers scratch-offs coming in the very near future.

8/20/2023 11:07 - Paul A.

Hi, According to the Aug 2 blog post for "Test Your Carolina Panthers Pride for the Chance to Win Some Scratch-off Tickets" and the official rules of contest, people should have been able to enter up until 11:59 pm on August 20, yet when I went to enter on August 19, the webpage showed "Ended This campaign has ended" and I wasn't able to enter. I always wait until a couple days before contests end before entering, so I'll be one of the more recent entrants, but wasn't able because contest didn't match terms of promotion. So, with the assumption that I would have been a winner had I been able to enter within the time frame as advertised, would you please send me some free tickets? It doesn't even need to be 60 as promoted, I'd be happy with even 10 or 20. Thank you!

8/20/2023 08:33 - Keith F.

Im next ... I will be a winner

8/19/2023 01:22 - DONALD S.

Where do they keep getting these ridiculous stories?

8/19/2023 12:01 - Glenn G.

Congrats ??

8/19/2023 09:08 - Latandra V.

Congratulations! It's even nicer to hear someone in education won!

8/18/2023 10:46 - Vivian p.

Congratulations Thomas on your win. Enjoy

8/18/2023 04:43 - Charles H.

Sounds like another made up human interest story to me.

8/18/2023 02:07 - susan d.

Nc lottery silence players again,even tho they say they dont.just because they made a mistake in pick 3 and not pay them.this ain't first time,shame on nc lottery

8/18/2023 01:06 - Douglas H.

Congratulations. Great story and a true blessing

8/17/2023 10:54 - Vivian p.


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8/17/2023 07:13 - susan d.

Nc lottery still stealing from pick 3 players

8/17/2023 04:59 - Deborah A.

Congrats! Be blessed.Thank you for all you do. Education and all you do helps so many.

8/17/2023 03:53 - Phyllis H.

Congratulations ??

8/17/2023 12:52 - Eugene H.

NCEL, WHy does someone need to be 21 years old for the upcoming sports betting, but they can play the lottery at 18 years old. They're both gambling.

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