A recent lottery ticket selection in North Carolina brought one man to happy tears when he discovered he had won $200,000. Shawn Horsley Jr. of Sneads Ferry stopped by a convenience store in Holly Ridge on January 20th to buy a lottery ticket, but was unsure what type he wanted to purchase. “I did eeny, meeny, miny, moe to decide,” Horsley told North Carolina lottery officials with a laugh. The rhyme ended up being very lucky for Horsley, guiding him to a $5 scratch-off ticket that earned him the $200,000 top prize.

After scratching the Pot of Gold ticket in his car, Horsley began crying tears of joy alongside his fiancé and kids. “We started crying when we saw it,” he said later. As the first person to win the top prize on this new North Carolina lottery game, which contains four $200,000 prizes, Horsley could hardly believe his luck. “I double, triple, quadruple checked it,” he told officials.

With his $143,001 post-tax winnings, Horsley is considering making some home repairs, helping out friends in need, and adding the rest to his savings. The windfall came at an opportune time for Horsley, as North Carolina recently legalized sports betting. He can now use a North Carolina sports betting app like BetMGM to potentially grow his prize money. BetMGM currently offers new North Carolina customers a generous $1,000 risk-free bet and other promos.

While Horsley decides whether to try his luck with North Carolina sportsbooks, lottery officials report increased revenue and new opportunities to support education in the state. Just last year, lottery funds provided money for school construction, scholarships, and more. Horsley’s emotional reaction shows the life-changing possibilities a bit of luck and some scratching can unveil for North Carolina residents. His rhyme game may result in house repairs for his family and continued educational funding across the state.

✅ Fact Checked on January 27, 2024 by Ken Weaver