Staff report



MAXTON —A Maxton resident plans to purchase a new home with his recent win in the N.C. Education lottery.

Terry McNeill of Maxton won $200,000 after playing a scratch-off game

He said he will now be able to buy his dream home.

“I’m going to get a new house for my wife and kids,” McNeill said. “We already know which one we want. It has three bedrooms and plenty of room.”

The truck driver’s good luck came when he stopped at County Line Grocery on N.C. 71 in Maxton. After he bought a $5 Fat Wallet scratch-off ticket, he went home to play.

“I felt like my heart was going to stop,” McNeill said. “I grabbed my wife and started yelling, ‘Oh baby! Oh baby!’”

McNeill claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $139,003.

Fat Wallet launched in August 2016 with four top prizes of $200,000. McNeill claimed the last top prize, which means the lottery will begin steps to end the game.

Ticket sales from instant games like Fat Wallet make it possible for the lottery to raise more than half a billion dollars a year for education.

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