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STATE: ‘Twists of fate’ lead Lincoln County man to $10 million prize

RALEIGH –If Allen Boger’s Chevy Silverado had not been low on gas and if the first lottery ticket he wanted to buy had been in stock, then he never would have ended up with a $10 million prize.

“It took a couple of twists of fate for this to happen,” said Boger, a car salesman from Denver as he collected his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

Boger’s good luck happened Saturday morning as he headed off to play the lottery. Then, about a mile from home, his truck’s low fuel light came on and he turned around to go to a gas station. After filling up at the Lunar Mart on N.C. 16 in Denver, he went inside to buy a $20 scratch-off ticket. When it wasn’t available, he bought instead a $10,000,000 Colossal Cash ticket.

“I’ve been lucky my whole life,” Boger said. “I’m lucky to win it.”

Boger had the choice of taking his prize as an annuity of $500,000 a year for 20 years or as a lump sum of $6 million. He chose the lump sum and, after state and federal tax withholdings, took home $4.2 million.

He said he planned to use the money to pay off his bills and then retire and live off his savings and investments.

Boger became the fourth person to win a $10 million prize in the $30 game.

Ticket sales from scratch-offs make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million per year for education. For details on how $4.7 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Lincoln County last year, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.