'When I Checked the Numbers, I Couldn't Believe My Eyes' | Triad Man Wins $25K for Life

Mockxvile, N.C.-- A Mocksville man has thousands of reasons to smile about money. 

That's because Rances Pastor just cashed in his lottery ticket after winning the $25,000 A Year For Life. Pastor won by playing the Lucky For Life draw game.

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According to lottery officials, Pastor beat odds of one in 1.8 million to win the game’s second prize in the Oct. 12 drawing. 

“I was shocked,” Pastor said. “When I checked the numbers, I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

He bought his $2 Quick Pick ticket at the Circle K on Valley Road in Mocksville, he said.

Pastor claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. Winners of “for life” prizes are guaranteed $25,000 a year for life or the option of taking a cash payout of $390,000.

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Pastor chose the cash option.

After federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $271,053. He plans to use some of the money to take a trip to Hawaii.  He’s the tenth player in North Carolina to win the game’s second prize.

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