Randleman, NC-- A Randleman couple can celebrate the New Year, with an expensive bottle of champagne, thanks to the lottery.
A auto repair shop owner, Curtis G. Allred, learned just before Christmas that his Cash 5 ticket was one of three to win the half million dollar jackpot. The winning tickets were drawn on in the December 23.
"I didn't cry about it," Allred said of when he learned on Christmas Day that two other tickets also had the winning numbers. "I was glad everybody had a chance to win some money."
Allred told lottery officials he was on his way home from dinner when something made him stop, at this regulary lottery spot, the Ready Mart on North Main Street in Randleman. He said he wanted to get one more chance to win the $543,837 jackpot. And third time was his charm, the quick picket ticket matched all five numbers in the drawing.
The win gives Allred and his wife, Faye, a prize of $181,279. After taxes, he collected $123,270.
What wifey wants, she can now get: "My wife has been, for about six or seven months, wanting some new kitchen countertops and a new floor in the kitchen," Allred said. "So we'll probably get that done. This spring we're going to put a new roof on the house.
And the rest we're going to let the bank keep for awhile. There's going to be a lot of rainy weather down the road."
Allred said he enjoys playing the lottery, especially because the money it raises supports education programs in the state. "We're just happy to be part of the Education Lottery system," Allred said. "It's a win-win situation. We've got a chance for better education for our young folks, teachers' jobs. That's a win-win for me."