RALEIGH – Danny Cameron of Troy said he plans to use a portion of his winnings to pay off his auto loan and other bills after scratching off the $100,000 top prize on his Mega Bucks ticket.

Cameron was buying gas at the ALCO on Albemarle Road when he decided to try his luck on two $5 Mega Bucks tickets.

“I was pumping gas and scratching the tickets,” Cameron said. “I won $5 on the first one and then had to do a double take when I scratched the other, just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. I showed the clerk and she came around the counter to give me a hug. It’s been wonderful. Life will be so much easier now.”

After state and federal taxes were withheld, Cameron received a check for $68,001. As of Wednesday afternoon, six more $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed in the Mega Bucks game.

As of September 2013, the lottery has raised more than $3 billion to support education programs. Lottery dollars support teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction and repair projects, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, college scholarships and financial aid based on need and digital learning initiatives.

To see how more than $8.5 million in lottery dollars have made a difference in Montgomery County, go to the Where the Money Goes webpage at http://www.nc-educationlottery.org/beneficiary.aspx.