Man’s dinner after $500 win leads to bigger NC lottery prize

On the day William Jones won $500 in the North Carolina lottery, he decided to grill some steaks for dinner.

The turkey farmer’s appetite ended up helping him win a much bigger prize, lottery officials said.

“I mainly wanted to get some propane to cook some steaks on the grill,” Jones said about his trip to the store, according to lottery officials .

While the Richlands resident was at the Speedway in Beulaville picking up the propane, he bought his second lottery ticket of the day to test his luck and ended up winning $100,000, lottery officials said.

“I tell you what, it was worth the $20,” Jones told lottery officials with a chuckle.

Jones took home $70,016 after taxes, lottery officials said, and has a good idea of how he’ll spend his winnings.

“I think I’ll go ahead and pay for our wedding,” he told lottery officials.

Beulaville is about 70 miles east of Fayetteville.

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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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