NC man scores $25,000 a year for life on New Year’s Eve


FILE: $100 bills. (NEXSTAR)

NEWPORT, N.C. — Thomas Patterson, of Newport, took home the second-place prize in the Dec. 31 Lucky for Life drawing, winning $25,000 a year for life, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.

Patterson bought his winning ticket from Waves Mart on N.C. 24 in Newport.

His ticket matched all five white balls, beating odds of one in 1.8 million.

Winners of the second-place prize are guaranteed $25,000 every year for life or have the option of taking a lump sum of $390,000.

Patterson opted for the lump sum and claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Wednesday.

He took home $275,932 after required federal and state tax withholdings.

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