CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — Donald Pittman, of Newport, got an itch on his hand so, following advice from his mother, he bought a $5 scratch-off and won a $200,000 prize, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.
“I was heading in to work and originally wasn’t going to stop for a ticket, but my hand started itching, so I put it in my pocket,” Pittman said. “My mom used to always say if your hand is itching to put it in your pocket, and money is going to come to you.”
Pittman said he is glad he followed his mom’s superstition.
“Mama is always right,” he said.
He bought his winning ticket from the Waves Mart & Grill on N.C. 24 in Newport.
After he scratched the ticket and saw the amount, he brought it back inside so the retailer could scan it to verify his win.
“When she saw the amount, her eyes bulged out of her head,” Pittman said.
He texted a picture of the winning ticket to his wife.
“She sent back question marks,” he said. “I told her to look at the number, and then the texting was over, and it was a phone call.”
Pittman arrived at lottery headquarters Thursday to collect his prize.
After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $142,501.
He plans to put most of his winnings in savings but will probably buy a dirt bike as well.
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Source: Fox 8 News Channel