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Eastern N.C. man wins lottery a second time in one year

Published: Feb. 27, 2015 at 9:50 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 3, 2015 at 9:50 PM EST
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Harrison picked up his $1,000,000 at lottery headquarters back in October. (Source: NC...
Harrison picked up his $1,000,000 at lottery headquarters back in October. (Source: NC Education Lottery)

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - A retired catfish farmer from Robersonville in Martin County caught another big one in the N.C. Education Lottery this week.

"Four months ago I won a million bucks," said James Harrison. "Who'd ever have thought I'd come back for $200,000 more. I'm even more excited over this one."

Back in October, Harrison was the first player to win $1 million playing the $200 Million Blowout game. He and his wife of 41 years, Barbara, used the prize money to take a trip they had already planned, pay off their son's mortgage, buy a boat, and get new wheels.

This time, Harrison won $200,000 on a 20X The Cash ticket, again becoming the first player to win a top-tier prize in an instant game. With after-tax winnings of $138,501, the Harrison's plan to put an addition on their house and replace the roof.

"And enjoy it some," the couple added.

Harrison bought each of his lucky tickets at Wilco stores less than three miles apart in Washington, N.C.

Lottery officials say four top prizes of $4 million and 13 prizes of $1 million remain to be claimed in the $200 Million Cash Blowout Game. Five top prizes of $200,000 are still available in the 20X the Cash game.

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