FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WGHP) — On Friday afternoon, just as Pernell Shoulars Jr. of Fayetteville purchased a ticket for the $272,000 Fast Play jackpot, he saw it had been won and assumed that he was unlucky, according to a North Carolina Education Lottery news release.
“I thought someone else hit it right before me,” Shoulars said. “Then he said to me, ‘You did it. You hit him.
The store clerk broke the good news that the Shoulars $10 Triple Win ticket he purchased at the Short Trip on Stoney Point Road in Fayetteville had hit the jackpot, earning him $272,829.
“We’re just thrilled,” said Shoulars, a 44-year-old entrepreneur. “It really is a blessing.”
He said he called his wife immediately to tell her the good news.
“She was at a convention with some friends, so they popped champagne to celebrate,” Shoulars said.
He arrived at the lottery headquarters on Tuesday to claim his prize.
After required state and federal tax withholdings, he won $193,739.
Shoulars said he wanted to take care of some things around his house, invest in his business and take vacations with his wife.
“We’re going to take advantage of it,” he said. “But we’re also going to be smart with that.”