RALEIGH – Wesley and Ginny Riggs of Greenville plan to use the $750,000 they won playing Jumbo Bucks to live a less stressful life.
Wesley Riggs, a technician for a local small motor manufacturer, learned of his big win on Wednesday at the Wilco Hess on U.S. 264 East in Greenville, where he made his lucky purchase.
“I lost train of thought,” Wesley said of the moment he scratched his ticket. “I thought my mind was paying tricks on me. I left the car running, got out of the car, left the car door open and walked right into the store. I handed the guy the ticket and said ‘I need you to verify this for me.’ He said I needed to claim at the lottery so I knew it was a nice winner.”
The Riggs’ took home a check for $510,003 after taxes were withheld. They plan to use a portion of their winnings to build a new home, help their parents, save for their daughter’s college fund and maybe take a cruise.
“We’re going to be out of debt, free and clear,” Ginny Riggs said. “The stress that we have now is going to be lifted.”
As of Thursday afternoon, five more top prizes remain to be claimed in the Jumbo Bucks game.
Another Pitt County player, Warren Santifort Jr. of Grimesland, hit the jackpot playing Carolina Cash 5 this week. Santifort’s ticket matched all five numbers in the Oct. 30 drawing and won the $96,176 jackpot. He purchased his winning ticket at the Wilco on N.C. 33 East in Greenville. Santifort beat odds of 1 in 575,757 to win the game’s jackpot.
Since the lottery began through June 30, 2012, Pitt County education programs received more than $39.8 million in lottery funds. By law, those funds pay for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, and college scholarships and financial aid based on need.
To date, the N.C. Education Lottery has raised more than $2.58 billion for these initiatives statewide.