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Helping a neighbor with car trouble leads man to $100,000 lottery prize

Helping a neighbor with car trouble leads man to $100,000 lottery prize
Ronald McCorrister, of Sylva, N.C., said helping a neighbor work on his car led to his winning $100,000 from a scratch-off lottery ticket. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

May 25 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man said aiding a neighbor turned out to be a profitable endeavor when that led to his winning a $100,000 lottery jackpot.

Ronald McCorrister, of Sylva, told North Carolina Education Lottery officials that he was helping a neighbor work on his car when they needed to visit a gas station.

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"We had to go get gas," McCorrister recalled. "He took me to a gas station that I don't usually go to. I went in and bought a couple of tickets."

One of the tickets McCorrister selected from the Hot Spot gas station in Sylva was a $30 Millionaire Maker game.

"I looked down and saw $100,000," he said. "I just kept looking to make sure I was really seeing what I was looking at. I showed my buddy and he gave me like 15 high-fives on that drive home."

McCorrister said he plans to put some of the money toward trading in his vehicle for a Subaru WRX, "and I don't know what else I'm gonna do with the rest of it."

The winner said he still was in disbelief when collecting his prize from lottery headquarters.

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"I'm feeling shocked," he said. "It's just crazy. My wife and I are definitely going somewhere really nice to eat."

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