North Carolina men’s soccer team lost but won $150,000 in lottery

North Carolina men's soccer team lost but won $150,000 in lottery
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A North Carolina man turned the pain of losing his favorite football team into the joy of a $150,000 Powerball win.

Jacob Strickland of Asheboro, North Carolina was disappointed to see the Clemson Tigers lose to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Nov. 5, according to a North Carolina Lottery news release.

“We were watching football with friends and Clemson was being beaten terribly by Notre Dame,” Strickland, 29, said in the statement. “We were joking we should buy lottery tickets because our luck couldn’t be worse.”

But it was more than a joke for the welder, who bought a $3 “Quick Pick” ticket on his phone just before the lottery draw.

“It was really a last minute thing just before the draw,” he said in the statement.

His spontaneous decision paid off. He won $50,000, which was multiplied to $150,000 with a “3X Power Play Multiplier”.

Strickland was shocked by his victory. He called his mother to share the news, then sent screenshots of his win to friends he watched the football game with.

“It was just a day of disbelief because I had never won anything before,” he said in the statement.

The lucky winner took home a total of $106,516 after taxes, the statement said. He plans to invest some of the money and put the rest into his savings.


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