RALEIGH – A “crazy week” for Christopher Shotwell began with the birth of his first child and ended with a $100,000 lottery win. Shotwell, a mechanic from Burlington, plans to use the top prize he won on his Mega Bucks ticket to support his newborn son’s future.
Shotwell was sitting in his truck on Saturday when he scratched off the $5 game’s top prize.
“I did a double take,” Shotwell said. “I just couldn’t believe my eyes. It’s been a crazy week. I’m pretty excited.”
After state and federal taxes were withheld, Shotwell received a check worth $68,001. He purchased his lucky ticket at the Highway 49 Neighborhood Store on N.C. 49 North in Burlington.
As of Monday afternoon, six top prizes of $100,000 and many other prizes remain unclaimed in the game.
Ticket sales for games such as instant scratch-offs have enabled the lottery to raise more than $2.6 billion for education initiatives statewide. Since the lottery began through June 30, 2012, Alamance County education programs received more than $33.3 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 need-based college scholarships and financial aid.