North Carolina man hits lottery prize on eve of son’s birth

With a baby on the way, a North Carolina man oddly had the best of luck when he learned the lottery ticket he wanted to buy had sold out, North Carolina lottery officials said.

Douglas Hurlock decided to buy a ticket in a different game and scooped a $100,000 prize, according to a lottery press release on Friday.

“Now my child’s medical care will be taken care of when he is born,” Hurlock said when he claimed his prize at the lottery’s headquarters in Raleigh on Thursday.

His son is due in late November, he said.

Hurlock lives in Havelock, a town on the Neuse River that is home to Cherry Point, the largest Marine Corps air base in the world.

He told the Charlotte Observer on Saturday that he worked as a clerk and storekeeper at the US Mini Mart outside the Cherry Point entrance. His wife, Amanda, works for the American Red Cross, he said.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, because I normally broke even,” the 39-year-old told the Observer. “I gave it to my wife to look at.”

Hurlock bought the $25 ticket at the Speedway on East Main Street in Havelock.

It beat odds of 1 in 4.26 million, according to the Spectacular Riches page on NC Lottery.com.

After taxes, Hurlock won $71,017, according to the lottery.

The Spectacular Riches game launched in October with eight prizes of $1 million and 20 prizes of $100,000. Three prizes of $1 million and nine prizes of $100,000 remain to be claimed, lottery officials said.

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This story was originally published September 10, 2022 5:59 p.m.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989, covering locals, towns and major news events in the area, and served as editor of the newspaper’s press office. He is currently reporting on the latest news.

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