Congratulations to Paul Cobler Jr. of Dallas North Carolina who won big! Cobler had a tough time sleeping on Saturday after a $5 scratch-off purchase revealed a $250,000 prize!!! He says, “I was just trying to figure out if I was dreaming or something. After revealing his winnings he could barely sleep after it happened. Cobler, a 51-year-old machinist, bought his lucky Mega Bucks Limited Edition ticket from the Walmart on Northwest Boulevard in Newton, North Carolina. He said he took the ticket home and started scratching it while watching TV. Cobler arrived at lottery headquarters Monday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $178,126.
Cobler also said he would like to use the winnings to pay off his house, and car, and save for retirement. Mega Bucks Limited Edition debuted in August with five $250,000 prizes. Since Cobler won the last $250,000 top prize, the lottery will begin steps to end the game. Ticket sales from scratch-offs make it possible for the lottery to raise $2.5 million a day on average for education. For details on how $14.9 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Gaston County last year, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.