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A North Carolina man won $100,000 in the lottery while he and his wife celebrated their anniversary on the beach.
Kenneth Smith, 33, of Greensboro, North Carolina, bought a Mega Cash instant lottery ticket offering $100 million at a Calabash gas stationaccording to the North Carolina Education Lottery.
Smith told the North Carolina Education Lottery that went to that particular store and bought a lottery ticket based on a friend’s recommendationaccording to a press release.
“We wouldn’t have known if it wasn’t for him,” Smith said in the statement.
Smith, a real estate worker, was in Calabash with his wife, along with some of their friends and family, to celebrate their second wedding anniversary.
After Smith won the $100,000 prize, he told the North Carolina Education Lottery that he took everyone out to breakfast.
“I’ve always fantasized about winning a big lottery prize,” Smith said.
“Celebrating a wedding anniversary on the beach landed Kenneth Smith of Greensboro a $100,000 Scratch-Off prize! His $100 million Mega Cash ticket was from the Calabash Food and Fuel gas station on Beach Drive Southwest in #Calabash. Congratulations Kenneth!
Smith told the lottery group that he plans to use his winnings, which ended up at $71,016 after taxes, for home improvements and a fence for his family’s new puppy, a 9-week-old dachshund.
In the press release, the North Carolina Education Lottery said two $2 million prizes and four $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed from the $100 million Mega Cash game.