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Whiteville truck driver nabs $200,000 scratch-off lottery prize

Updated: Jul. 5, 2019 at 3:43 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A Whiteville truck driver delivered a $200,000 prize to his retirement account Friday after winning the top prize on a new scratch-off game from the N.C. Education Lottery.

Hubert Thompson, who has been driving trucks for 41 years, said he likes to try new games so when he saw the $5 Blazing 7’s tickets at Time Saver Food Store on Washington Street in Whiteville he bought some. He said he won $5 on the first ticket and then $200,000 on the second.

“This was a blessing,” Thompson said. “Just like everybody else, I’ve always said I’m going to hit the big one. It was my time.”

Thompson said he plans to retire in a year or two so he will save his prize for retirement. After tax withholdings, he took home $141,501.

The Blazing 7’s game started on Tuesday with four top prizes of $200,000. Three more remain to be claimed.

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