Master Sgt. Gregg Curry won $250,000 this week, but he won't have much time to enjoy it since he flies back to Afghanistan Monday for the remaining five months of his tour.
Curry, 47, was in Fayetteville for two weeks after spending seven months at Bagram Airfield. He told lottery officials he and his wife, Mary, planned to take a trip after he returns.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Saturday Fayetteville was good to another player who wasn't even planning to play, but something told him to give it a shot.
Gerald DiFatta, 65, of Monroe, heard the sirens of the Quik Pik this week as he drove past a convenience store in Fayetteville three days after he bought a $3 winner on his birthday.
"I almost didn't play," DiFatta told lottery officials. "I went past the store and turned around to get a ticket."
It turned out to be a good move because that ticket was good for $264,955.