Man attempting to collect $600 lottery prize finds out he won $585,949

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June 8 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man showed up to the state's lottery headquarters to collect what he thought was a $600 prize -- and was shocked to discover he had actually won nearly $600,000.

Joshua Locklear, 32, of Pembroke, told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he bought a $10 50X The Cash Fast Play ticket at Pembroke Mini Mart when he noticed the jackpot had reached $585,949.


Locklear said he scanned the ticket and a message told him he would have to collect his prize at lottery headquarters.

The player said he studied the ticket and determined he had won $600. He arrived at lottery headquarters to collect the prize and was shocked to learn he had scored the $585,949 jackpot.

"When I heard, I was like, 'There's no possible way I actually hit the jackpot,'" Locklear said. "I couldn't believe it."

Locklear said he plans to use his prize money to buy a house and a car. He said he also wants to give back to the community.

"I really wasn't expecting that, that's for sure," Locklear said of his win. "It really did come at the right time though."


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