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Man's winning lottery numbers chosen with his eyes closed

By Ben Hooper
A man who won more than $160,000 from a lottery drawing said he picked his numbers with his eyes closed. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/73fa3f5e5f759dc2be8e761a6710d3f1/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
A man who won more than $160,000 from a lottery drawing said he picked his numbers with his eyes closed. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man who won a $160,565 lottery jackpot said he chose his numbers by closing his eyes and letting luck decide.

Stanley Manley of Littleton told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he had a lucky feeling that led him to buy a Cash 5 ticket at the Bert Ammond Country Cafe on U.S. 301 in Pleasant Hill.

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"I told my wife the night before that I was feeling lucky," Manley said. "I told her, 'I'm going to buy the winning Cash 5 ticket.'"

Manley said he usually uses his lucky numbers to play drawing games, but this time he decided to try a different tactic.

"I closed my eyes and let luck be my guide," Manley said. "I put the pencil down and wherever it landed, that's the number I used."

Manley said he put the ticket in his pocket and forgot about it until two days after the July 29 drawing, when he discovered he had won the $160,595 jackpot.

"I always keep stuff in my pocket and transfer it from shirt to shirt," Manley said. "I can't believe I was carrying around something worth that much money."

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