A Rocky Mount retiree is not going to have to worry about making any more mortgage payments because he recently won $200,000 playing the N.C. Education Lottery.

Robert Hinnant claimed his prize on Friday.

“It’s exciting. It’s unbelievable,” Hinnant said in a press release issued Monday by lottery officials.

The lottery officials said after the federal and state tax withholdings, Hinnant was able to deposit $141,501 in his bank account.

In addition to being mortgage free, Hinnant said he is going to enjoy a vacation.

Hinnant won the $200,000 as a result of purchasing a $5 Mega Bucks ticket at the 301 Convenient Mart along North Wesleyan Boulevard, which is on the Nash County side of Rocky Mount.

The lottery was established in 2005.

Lottery officials say that thanks to steady growth in sales, education programs in North Carolina have received more than $6.6 billion and that more than $708 million raised by the games supported education programs in all 100 of the state’s counties for the 2018-19 school year.

The lottery’s web page said Nash County received more than $6.16 million in lottery funds in fiscal year 2018. Of that amount, more than $3.77 million was marked for non-instructional support, including to help cover the costs of support staff such as office assistants, custodians and substitute teachers.

More than $1 million was marked for construction and repairs and nearly $565,500 was marked for a pre-kindergarten program for children at risk of falling behind their peers.

Nearly $390,300 was marked to help pay for transportation costs.

More than $288,000 was marked for college scholarships and more than $108,000 was marked for financial aid to help students attending a university within the University of North Carolina system.

Hinnant is not the only Rocky Mount resident to have scored big playing the lottery recently.

Lottery officials, in a press release on Feb. 20, said Samantha Cooper Bulluck won $342,754 after purchasing a Carolina Cash 5 jackpot ticket at the EP Mart along Glenview Road in Enfield in Halifax County.

After the required federal and state tax withholdings, Bulluck was able to deposit $242,499 in her bank account.