$100,000 Lottery Prize Will Help Johnston County Man Start His Dream Business

After almost 20 years of working in construction, Wilson Amaya of Selma can finally start his own business thanks to a $100,000 lottery prize.

“I’m going to save the money first,” Amaya said. “But I want to open my own construction company.”

Amaya’s good fortune happened after he bought a $5,000,000 Mega Cash scratch-off ticket at the Market & Cafe on Highway 96 North of Selma.

“I couldn’t believe it when I won,” Amaya said. “My wife and I started jumping up and down.”

He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $69,507.

Amaya is the first to win one of six $100,000 prizes. The game also has three $5 million prizes and six $1 million prizes.