Tom Haas, de Greenville, disse que teve que continuar checando seu ingresso de US $ 20 depois de vê-lo continha um prêmio de loteria de US $ 100.000.

"Eu fiquei tipo, 'isso é de verdade'", disse Haas."Eu pensei que não havia como isso estar certo."

Haas, 63 anos, comprou seu sortudo ingresso em dinheiro do Circle K na South Memorial Drive, em Winterville.

"Eu apenas pensei: 'Uau, isso é incrível'", disse Haas.

Haas claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and, after required federal and state withholdings, took home $71,016. He said he wants to use the prize money to pay off some bills.

The Premier Cash game debuted in August with four top prizes of $2 million and eight $100,000 prizes. Two $2 million prizes and three $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $900 million per year for education. For details on how $10 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Pitt County in 2021, visit and click on the “Impact” section.