Local men hit lottery jackpots


From Staff Reports

Friday, September 21, 2018

Two Nashville men recently hit jackpots in the N.C. Education Lottery.

Orlando Jones won $100,000 on a Diamond Dazzler scratch-off ticket on Sept. 6 and Edward Rackley won $200,000 on a Back Scratch scratch-off ticket on Sept. 8.

Jones said he drove around with the winning ticket for four days without realizing it.

Jones, a truck driver, stopped by the Speedway on Bethlehem Road and bought three $4,000,000 Diamond Dazzler tickets. Jones said he threw the tickets in his truck and forgot about them.

“I never scratch my tickets when I get them,” he said. “I just like the anticipation. I’m the same way with presents, I don’t open them until after Christmas.”

Jones scratched the first ticket and won $20. He won $25 on the second ticket. When he scratched the third ticket, he couldn’t believe it.

“I had to go get my glasses and make sure I wasn’t seeing things,” Jones said. “It feels great to win.”

After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $70,507. He said he plans to use some of the money to pay off his truck.

Jones said he still plans to wait before scratching his lottery tickets.

“I’ve got another scratch-off ticket in my truck right now,” he said. “I probably should have scratched it before I came in. Who knows, it could have $1 million on it.”

For Rackley, a stop at a McDonalds drive-through to pick up dinner for his kids led to more than a fast food takeaway.

Rackley, who works in the fencing business, stopped by Dollar Country on West Nashville Drive in Nashville and purchased a new $200,000 Back Scratch ticket. He then swung by the nearest McDonalds drive-through to get dinner for his kids.

“I had ordered 50 chicken nuggets and four plain hamburgers,” Rackley said. “I figured while I was waiting, I might as well start scratching.”

He looked over the lucky ticket the first time — $200,000. He looked at it a second time — still $200,000. Wanting to know if his eyes were deceiving him, he looked to get a second opinion.

“What does that say?” Rackley said he asked the McDonalds clerk.

“Two hundred thousand dollars,” the clerk replied.

“She confirmed it,” Rackley said. “I was in fact seeing it right.”

After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $141,003. He said he plans to use some of the money to fix up his car and support his children.

“I know one thing,” Rackley said. “Santa will be good to them this year.”