RALEIGH – Gary Baldwin Jr., a gas truck driver from Pikeville, is celebrating a lucky lottery win streak that ended with a $200,000 prize in the $200,000 Extreme Cash game.
“I did something nice for someone last week and ever since I’ve been winning on lottery tickets,” Baldwin said. “I won $100 on Thursday, $50 on Friday, $125 on Sunday and then $200,000 on Monday night.”
Baldwin learned of his big win while sitting in the parking lot of the Kangaroo Express on South Church Street in Kenly, where he purchased the lucky $5 ticket.
“I must have looked at the ticket ten times,” Baldwin said. “I started screaming and hollering when I realized how much I had won.”
After state and federal taxes were withheld, Baldwin received $138,401. He plans to use a portion of his winnings to buy a new 2014 Chevy Silverado and pay bills.
“This is just good karma,” Baldwin added. “You never believe it will happen to you, but it feels great when it does.”
One more top prize remains to be claimed in the $200,000 Extreme Cash game.
As of December 2013, the lottery has raised more than $3.19 billion to support education programs. Lottery dollars support teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction and repair projects, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, need-based college scholarships and financial aid and digital learning initiatives.
To see how more than $42.7 million in lottery dollars have made a difference in Wayne County, go to the Where the Money Goes webpage at http://www.nc-educationlottery.org/beneficiary.aspx.