A North Wilkesboro man purchased a scratch-off lottery ticket with a $100,000 cash prize, according to a press release from the N.C. Lottery Commission.
Jeremy Pruitt said he couldn’t believe his luck when his $150 Million Cash Explosion ticket revealed the $100,000 prize.
“Oh Lord, I felt like Karate Kid,” he said, referring to the character from a 1980s movie. “I just started crying when it happened.”
Pruitt bought his winning $20 ticket from the Run-In convenience store on Oakwoods Road in Wilkesboro and claimed his cash prize Thursday.
“It was crazy,” he recalled of scratching his ticket in the store and realizing his big win.
Pruitt claimed his prize Thursday and took home $70,756 after required federal and state tax withholdings.
“My girls want new clothes,” he said, laughing. “And I want to get a little piece of land.”
The $150 Million Cash Explosion game was launched in October 2018 with four top prizes of $4 million, six $1 million prizes and 10 $100,000 prizes. One $4 million prize, one $1 million prize, and one $100,000 prize remain to be won.
The press release said ticket sales from scratch-off games like $150 Million Cash Explosion make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million a year for education.
This included $4.2 million in Wilkes County last year.