‘I started crying,’ NC man says after winning $200K on Thanksgiving Eve

Matthews (left) in a photo from the N.C. Education Lottery.

BURLINGTON, N.C. (WFMY) – A Burlington man had a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day.

Thomas Matthews Jr., said he was overwhelmed after winning $200,000 from a $5 scratch-off ticket.

“I started crying,” Matthews said.

That’s because Matthews has been down on his luck and needed a new pickup truck.

“It’s been giving me some problems,” Matthews said. “So it will be nice to get a new one.”

The construction worker said he was actually on his way to get his truck washed when he spent $5 on a “20X The Cash” ticket at Kim’s Mart on West Webb Avenue in Burlington.

“I still feel like I must be dreaming,” Matthews said.

After required state and federal tax, Matthews took home $138,501.

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