This birthday will be better than most for one Shelby man.
Dale Curtis plans to celebrate his 21st birthday with an impromptu trip after winning $200,000 in the N.C. Education Lottery.
“It feels pretty amazing,” Curtis told lottery officials. “It’s a nice birthday present. I’m going to take my mom and go to Bike Week at Myrtle Beach.”
Curtis purchased his winning scratch-off ticket at the Campus Store on North Main Street in Boiling Springs.
“I had a couple of extra bucks,” Curtis said. “So I decided to get the ticket.”
When he scratched the $5 ticket, he was in shock.
“I almost dropped dead,” Curtis said. “I was freaking out internally. I had to have the girl at the counter look at it to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.”
Curtis claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $139,003.
Curtis bought a 20X The Cash scratch-off ticket, a series that just launched in February with five top prizes of $200,000. Three top prizes remain.
Ticket sales from games like 20X The Cash made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $634 million for the state last year.
By Diane Turbyfill Shelby Star staff