Couple ‘had to pinch each other’ after huge NC lottery win

The man said his wife started “jumping up and down screaming” when she saw how much he won.

The man said his wife started “jumping up and down screaming” when she saw how much he won.

North Carolina Education Lottery

A couple in North Carolina were so shocked by their lottery win, they had to pinch themselves to make sure it was real.

Norlina resident William Perry stopped to buy a $10 Bigger Spin ticket from the Kittrell Grocery, according to a May 9 news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

When he got home and scratched off the ticket, the 59-year-old man realized he won a $200,000 prize, lottery officials said.

Immediately, Perry rushed to show his wife, lottery officials said.

“First she had to check to make sure I was looking at it right,” Perry told lottery officials. “Then she started jumping up and down screaming.”

After the couple convinced themselves the win was real, Perry visited the lottery headquarters to pick up the prize. He took home $142,023 after taxes, according to lottery officials.

“It’s like I was walking around in a trance,” Perry told lottery officials. “I was in disbelief.”

Perry, who works as a shop lead, plans to put most of his winnings in a money market account and then save some to give to his children and grandchildren in the future, according to lottery officials.

Kittrell is about 35 miles northeast of Raleigh.

This story was originally published May 9, 2022 3:34 PM.

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Alison Cutler is a National Real Time Reporter for the Southeast at McClatchy. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and previously worked for The News Leader in Staunton, VA, a branch of USAToday.

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