Jack Walter of Middlesex went to fill a prescription and, while he was waiting, decided to try his luck on a $5 Double Cash Doubler ticket that won him the first $200,000 top prize.
“I got a text that my prescription was ready,” he recalled. “The pharmacist asked if I had five minutes to wait, so I went next door to get a bottle of water and a few tickets.”
Walter purchased his winning $5 ticket from Bailey’s Tobacco & Grill on Deans Street in Bailey. While he was waiting, he scratched the ticket and revealed his big prize.
“I showed it to my pharmacist and he goes, ‘Oh my gosh, you won $200,000!’” said Walter. “I couldn’t believe it. I just couldn’t stop staring at it.”
He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and took home $141,501 after required federal and state tax withholdings.
Walter plans to use his prize money to invest.
Double Cash Doubler launched this month with six top prizes of $200,000. Five remain to be won.