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Area man wins $200K lottery prize

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James Harrison, right, stands with his daughter Laquisha after claiming a $200,000 prize he won playing the N.C. Education Lottery.

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From Staff Reports

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A Rocky Mount sawmill operator won $200,000 playing the N.C. Education Lottery.

James Harrison claimed his prize Monday at the state lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

Lottery officials said in a statement Tuesday that after the required state and federal tax withholdings, Harrison took home $141,501. The lottery officials said Harrison plans to use some of the money to fix up his house and said he's going to save the rest of the money for retirement.

Harrison, in remarks issued through lottery officials, called his daughter Laquisha his "lucky charm" because he said she helped him win the prize.

Harrison had stopped by the Friendly Way convenience store off North Raleigh Street after picking up his daughter from work and purchased a "Win It All" scratch-off ticket.

"So many things had to line up for me to win,” Harrison said in the prepared remarks. “If I hadn’t taken my daughter to work that day, I never would have stopped when I did to get a ticket.

"It all clicked into place. If I had gotten my ticket even a little earlier, I never would have won." 

The tickets, which cost $5 each, were activated in December, with four top prizes of $200,000. Two top prizes remain.

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