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N.C. school custodian cleans up with $1 million lottery win

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For Michael Owenby of Candler, North Carolina, a decision to quench his thirst turned into a $1 million lottery win.

Owenby, a custodian at Erwin Middle School, was helping his friend shop for a car when he decided to get a drink and get some lottery tickets.

"I asked for a $5, $10, and $20 ticket," Owenby said.

When he scratched the Millionaire Bucks ticket, he couldn't believe what he saw.

"It's amazing," Owenby said. "It all happened because I wanted a Mountain Dew."

He claimed his prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. Owenby had the choice of taking a $1 million annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum and after federal and state tax withholdings received $415,506. He plans to use the money to get a new car and save for retirement.

Owenby bought the $20 ticket at M&S Food on Patton Avenue in Asheville.

Millionaire Bucks launched in January with three $4 million prizes, and five $1 million prizes. Two $4 million prizes and two $1 million prizes remain.

Ticket sales from games like Millionaire Bucks made it possible for the lottery to raise $634 million dollars for the state last year. For details on how more than $69.3 million in lottery funds has made a difference in Buncombe County, click on the "For Education" section of the lottery's website.

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Posted: September 23, 2016, 8:38 pm - IP Logged

N.C. school custodian cleans up

Is that your headline, Todd?  Clever, either way.

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    Posted: September 23, 2016, 8:39 pm - IP Logged

    N.C. school custodian cleans up

    Is that your headline, Todd?  Clever, either way.

    It is Smile

     

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      Posted: September 23, 2016, 11:39 pm - IP Logged

      I Googled the headline before asking and didn't see anything other than this post at the very top of the search results.  Thumbs Up

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        Posted: September 24, 2016, 7:13 am - IP Logged

        Moppin the floor up with NCEL!

        I love it!

        "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"

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          Posted: September 24, 2016, 2:58 pm - IP Logged

          Congratulations to this custodian. That was a pure luck!

          I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the Powerball to win the largest Powerball Jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars!

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            Posted: September 25, 2016, 7:36 am - IP Logged

            BananaTHE GOOD GOOD GIVES TO OTHERs IS ALWAYS and also given to me TYTYTY!!!!!  8

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              Posted: September 25, 2016, 7:48 am - IP Logged

              Enjoy. Congrats Smile

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                Posted: September 25, 2016, 8:24 am - IP Logged

                I wonder if he'll buy his friend a new car too.  I would.

                Never give up.  Banana

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                  Posted: September 25, 2016, 8:58 am - IP Logged

                  Congratulations Mr, Michael Owenby  Spend Wisely Banana Party

                  They sure is a lot of Winners this Month hope Someone from Lottery Post will be Next BIG WINNER!! Dance

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                    Posted: September 25, 2016, 10:34 am - IP Logged

                    N.C. school custodian cleans up

                    Is that your headline, Todd?  Clever, either way.

                    I Agree!

                    Todd Vader is always clever and wise!

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                      Posted: September 26, 2016, 8:59 am - IP Logged

                      I wonder if he'll buy his friend a new car too.  I would.

                      Ditto.


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                        Posted: September 26, 2016, 11:42 am - IP Logged

                        Moppin the floor up with NCEL!

                        I love it!

                        i like "mop up"

                        good 1

                         

                        and this is great news...

                        I am thrilled for a custodian to win this amount.

                        Congrats to him and his family.