“He’s a real friend”

LEXINGTON, NC (Gray News) – Residents of North Carolina and their friends for 35 years have kept their promise to share all big lottery winnings.

Scott Edwards and Perry Charles kept that pact when Charles recently won a Fast Play jackpot of $361,527.

“I looked at how much you could earn and I was like, ‘Man, I want this! ‘” Charles said.

According to North Carolina Education Lottery, Charles chose to wait until he got home to see if he had won. When he saw that was the case, he called Edwards and kept his word.

“He’s a real friend. I know everything he says is the truth. So I knew he wasn’t pulling my leg,” Edwards said.

Lottery officials said the pair met while working for supermarket company Winn-Dixie.

“We always talked about whether we were going to hit something big, whether we went together to get the ticket or if we got it separately, we were going to share it,” Charles said.

Officials said Charles purchased his winning $5 Double Win ticket from a Mast Food Mart on Old US 64 East in Lexington. When he purchased his ticket, the Fast Play jackpot was a record $723,054. A $5 ticket receives 50% of the jackpot amount.

The odds of winning a Fast Play jackpot are 1 in 320,000 as shared by the NC Lottery.

Officials said the men arrived at the lottery headquarters on Wednesday and collected their prize. After taxes, they received $128,361. Both said they looked forward to paying bills with the money.

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