‘I just won the big one’: Randolph County farmer wins $150,000 lottery prize



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RALEIGH, N.C. — A Liberty man said he’s going to give his home a makeover after he won a $150,000 lottery prize, according to a news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

“The house has needed some repairs for a long time,” said James Black, who grows hay for a cattle farm. “We’re going to get a new roof among other things.”

Black’s good luck started Friday when he stopped at the Liberty Food Mart on Alamance Church Road in Liberty and bought a $5 Spicy Hot Crossword scratch-off ticket. He brought the ticket home and started scratching.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Black said. “I called for my wife and daughter to look. I told them, ‘I just won the big one!’ I took it back to the store so they could scan it. When it says you won that much money, you just have to be sure.”

Black claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $106,126.

Spicy Hot Crossword launched in May with four top prizes of $150,000. One top prize remains.

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