A North Carolina man celebrated his birthday this week with a present he’ll never forget.
Steven Hair was celebrating his 66th birthday with family and friends Monday night when his partner at the Montgomery County Humane Society gave him a few lottery tickets. She had bought the tickets at the Quik Chek on Zoo Parkway in Asheboro.
“We had dinner,” he recalled. “And then she presented me with my tickets and, as we scratched them off, one of the $5 tickets won me a Corvette and $100,000.”
He redeemed the winning ticket Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and has already picked up a check for $70,751 after paying state and federal taxes on the $100,000 cash prize.
“I’m thinking about buying a new house with part of that,” he said of the prize money. “Put a good down payment on a brand-new house.” As for the Corvette, he will get to pick out a 2021 Stingray, or a currently available model, worth up to $109,600 and already has the color in mind.
“I’m thinking red,” Hair said. “Amazing it was my birthday that it happened. This is the ultimate prize. It’s a birthday that you can’t replicate.”
Hair won the first of four top prizes in Corvette & Cash, a scratch-off game that launched this month. Ticket sales from such games help make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million a year for education in North Carolina.
In the process, the lottery also made his 66th birthday one for the ages. “You can’t get a better birthday,” he said. “It will never be forgotten. I don’t think it can be topped!”
Yopu can check out a commercial for the Corvette & Cash scratch-off game from the North Carolina Education Lottery.
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