Waynesville man went weeks without knowing he'd won lottery

The Associated Press

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WAYNESVILLE — A Western North Carolina man carried around a winning lottery ticket in his wallet for two weeks before realizing he'd hit a jackpot.

Once Wade Haskett of Waynesville learned the ticket in his pocket was worth $118,180 he bought a lockbox to keep it safe.

A part-time detention officer for the Haywood County Sheriff's Department, Haskett said he regularly plays the lottery but had not checked his ticket from the Nov. 6 Cash 5 drawing until Sunday, when his wife told him the winning ticket had been bought at a nearby store.

Haskett and his wife plan to use the winnings to buy a new roof and new hardwood floors for their home, help their children and maybe a trip to Florida.

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