GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Thomas Presley, of Goldsboro, did not initially plan on buying a scratch-off Wednesday morning but, after finding $20 in his pocket, he bought one and won a $100,000 prize, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.
“I was just in shock,” he said. “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 winning 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.
After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $71,256.
He said he will use the prize winnings to do some home improvements and save for his daughter’s education.