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North Carolina man wins $250,000 on a scratch-off ticket

He’s been a neighborhood preschool trainer for 20 years and was laid off in September. A month later his dad died. He advised the NC Lottery he was in a darkish spot.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — 2020 has been tough and most of the people most likely received’t bear in mind it as a fortunate 12 months. 

A world pandemic, shutdowns, unemployment and isolation have made it robust for thus many. However one Charlotte pre-school trainer, who was laid off in September after which misplaced his father, lastly noticed the tables flip.

He received $250,000 on a scratch-off ticket he purchased on the BP gasoline station on Belhaven Boulevard in Northwest Charlotte.

Joe Camp is an everyday on the retailer.

“He’s an superior child yeah, younger man,” mentioned Paul Clelland, one of many clerks. He mentioned Camp goes a number of occasions every week to purchase scratch-off tickets however this time he received large.

“He was crying. He got here up and mentioned have a look at this, and I noticed the place he received the $250,000. I mentioned dang, that’s good,” mentioned Gloria Henderson, the shop clerk who offered Camp the profitable ticket. It’s the highest prize for the gold rush sport.

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Henderson and Clelland have seen a flurry of consumers within the days since. A lot of them shopping for scratch-off tickets.

“All people’s shopping for that sort of ticket, they suppose as a result of one does it, they’re all going to do it. However there are nonetheless three extra prizes on the market like that,” mentioned Henderson.

The shop is a staple locally and the shoppers are regulars.

“With me being out right here a few days every week, I normally see the identical folks each day,” mentioned Jamie McGee, who has a meals stand within the parking zone.

Information unfold quick of the large winner.

“That’s superior,” mentioned Jack Harrison. “I like to see individuals who want it to win. I am glad it was right here, at this native retailer too.”

Camp advised WCNC Charlotte he didn’t need to go on digital camera simply but to guard his privateness.

He’s been a neighborhood preschool trainer for 20 years and was laid off in September. A month later his dad died. He advised the NC Lottery he was in a darkish spot.

“I purchased two tickets. I didn’t win on the primary one, so I attempted the second and I scratched it off, and I fell to my knees on the gasoline pump,” Camp mentioned in a press launch. He claimed his prize of $176,876 after taxes.

“He was displaying me the ticket, letting me maintain it and all the things. It was fairly cool,” mentioned Clelland.

Camp plans to make use of the cash to construct a future for his daughter. He advised clerks he’s going to arrange a university fund and purchase a home he can cross right down to her sooner or later. They’re completely happy to see one of many regulars win large.

“He’s been out of labor for three months. He was laid off due to covid so he did not have any cash coming in. It was nice, I used to be completely happy for him,” mentioned Henderson. She mentioned Camp even provided her a bit piece of the prize cash.

The shop has a historical past of being a fortunate spot

“It’s been a very long time since we had a winner like that. I offered the final one most likely 5 to 7 years in the past. $150,000. I had the highest one however now she has the highest one,” mentioned Clelland.

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