Edenton man wins lottery for a second time


Chowan Herald

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

EDENTON — Lightning might not strike the same spot twice, but not so with North Carolina’s Education Lottery.

Maurice Fleming of Edenton has won $200,000 playing the lottery’s Mega Bucks game, adding to the $150,000 he won in the lottery’s $500 Cash game in October.

According to lottery officials, Fleming purchased a $5 ticket for the Mega Bucks game at the Speedway convenience store on Virginia Road. On Monday, he claimed his $200,000 prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $141,003.

Attempts to reach Fleming have been unsuccessful.

In October, Fleming said a lucky feeling led him to play the $500 Cash game at the Broad Street Mart on North Broad Street.

Fleming said he bought a $5 ticket, took it home and started scratching.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it,” Fleming told The Daily Advance. “I almost fell out of my chair.”

Fleming claimed his $150,00 lottery prize in October. After required state and federal tax withholdings from that prize, he took home $104,253.

Lottery officials said that since Fleming won the $500 Cash game’s last top prize, the lottery has ended the game. Players have until June 14 to claim any prizes, but those tickets are no longer available for sale. The lottery’s policy generally is to end instant games when all top prizes have been won or claimed, said Van Denton, the lottery’s director of communications

Mega Bucks launched in November offering seven top prizes of $200,000. Four top prizes remain to be claimed.