Couple ‘had to pinch each other’ after huge NC lottery win

The man said his wife had started

The man said his wife started “jumping around screaming” when she saw how much he had earned.

North Carolina Education Lottery

A North Carolina couple was so shocked by their lottery win they had to pinch themselves to make sure it was real.

Norlina resident William Perry stopped by to buy a $10 Bigger Spin ticket at the Kittrell grocery store, according to a May 9 news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

When he got home and scratched the ticket, the 59-year-old found he had won a $200,000 prize, lottery officials said.

Immediately, Perry rushed to show his wife, lottery officials said.

“She had to check first that I was looking okay,” Perry told lottery officials. “Then she started jumping up and down screaming.”

After the couple convinced themselves the win was real, Perry went to the lottery headquarters to collect the prize. He won $142,023 after taxes, according to lottery officials.

“It’s like I’m walking around in a trance,” Perry told lottery officials. “I was in disbelief.”

Perry, who works as a store manager, plans to put most of his winnings in a money market account and then save some to give to his children and grandchildren in the future, according to lottery officials .

Kittrell is about 35 miles northeast of Raleigh.

This story was originally published May 9, 2022 3:34 p.m.

Alison Cutler is a national real-time reporter for the Southeast at McClatchy. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and previously worked for The News Leader in Staunton, VA, an affiliate of USAToday.

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