• 64°

STATE: Stroke of luck scores Caldwell County painter $200,000 prize

On Oct. 10, Charles Nance of Granite Falls sat on his front porch to scratch off his lottery tickets when he uncovered a $200,000 Super 7s top prize.

“I always hoped I would win it,” he said.

Nance, who works as a residential painter, purchased his lucky $5 ticket from PD Grocery on Sawmills School Road in Granite Falls.

“I had just got off of work and I went to the store to get a drink and cigarettes,” recalled Nance. “I came back and was sitting on my front porch and I scratched the ticket off.”

Nance quickly ran inside his house to share the news with his wife and daughter.

“They couldn’t believe it,” he said.

Nance claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $141,501.

“It’s gonna pay my house off,” said Nance of his winnings. He also plans to use some of the prize money to help his kids.

Super 7s launched in July with five top prizes of $200,000. One top prize remains to be won.

Caldwell County received $15 million in money raised by the lottery to help build the new Granite Falls Middle School.

For details on other ways Caldwell County benefits, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.