North Carolina

Husband asks wife to check his NC lottery ticket — then ‘she started hollering’

A North Carolina man who uses the motto “in it to win it” got much richer after hitting the jackpot, officials said. AP

A husband asked his wife to take a look at his North Carolina lottery ticket — then “she started hollering.”

James Perkins said that’s when he was reassured that he had scored $1 million in the Millionaire Maker game, the N.C. Education Lottery said in a news release.

Perkins often “tells people that you have to be ‘in it to win it’” — and he followed that advice when he spent $30 on a lottery ticket. Officials said he bought the lucky scratch-off at Community Mart in Elizabethtown, roughly 95 miles south of Raleigh.

He said he had gotten back home when he checked the ticket and called his wife into the room.

“She started hollering so I figured I must have been right,” Perkins said May 13 in a news release.

Perkins — a 53-year-old Bladen County resident — decided to take his prize in a $600,000 lump sum. He kept $426,069 after taxes and plans to put aside money for his kids’ education, according to the N.C. Education Lottery.

It’s not the first time a big lottery win has led to an outburst of emotion.

In April, officials said a woman started “running through the house screaming” after she hit the jackpot in South Carolina.

Also in South Carolina, college students on a spring break trip cried out when they realized one of them had snagged a winning lottery ticket, McClatchy News reported.

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