Lottery game nets Hertford farmer $139K


From staff reports

Sunday, November 12, 2017

HERTFORD — A Perquimans County wheat farmer is the third $200,000 winner in the N.C. Education Lottery’s Red Hot Slots scratch-off game.

Paris Whidbee of Hertford purchased his winning $5 ticket at the Speedway on South Church Street in Hertford last week.

Whidbee told lottery officials he thought he had a winner when he received the ticket.

“When the ticket came out, I decided that I was going to win the $200,000 prize,” Whidbee said. “I did. It feels good to do what I said I was going to do.”

Whidbee turned in his winning ticket and claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Thursday. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $139,003.

Whidbee, a wheat farmer for 24 years, told lottery officials he plans to save his winnings for retirement.

“It will be nice to have some more money to put away,” he said.

According to lottery officials, Whidbee’s winning ticket is one of four in the Red Hot Slots scratch-off game that launched in August. Only one $200,000 prize-winning ticket remains.