North Carolina Purple Heart recipient wins $200,000 on scratch-off ticket


(Getty Images)

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — Howard Smack has a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and now over $140,000.

A veteran of 30 years service with Ft. Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division, Smack’s good luck struck at the Southgate on West Ehringhaus Street in Elizabeth City.

Following a gut instinct, the veteran bought three $5 Mega Millions/Powerball scratch-off tickets, the North Carolina Education Lottery said in a news release.

“I just had that feeling and I went for it,” Smack said. “I couldn’t believe it when I won. I may have screamed, just a little bit, I was so excited.”

After taxes, Smack took home $141,501 and plans to save the cash for a rainy day.

“When you’ve served in the military as long as I have,” Smack said. “You always have a short-term and a long-term plan. This couldn’t come at a better time. Last year was a rough one. My father finally got a kidney after being on dialysis for years, so I’ve had to be there for him. This is such a blessing.”

Smack’s win is the last of four $200,000 prizes in the Mega Millions/Powerball scratch-off. The lottery will now begin ending the game.

Must-See Stories

More Must-See Stories


Follow FOX8 on Twitter