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Retired schoolteacher wins $1,000,000 lottery prize

August 10, 2018 Posted by NC Lottery at 2:14 PM

Harry Veasey, a retired schoolteacher from Aberdeen, says winning a $1 million lottery prize means he can finally retire his 1997 Toyota Camry after 316,000 miles.

Veasey, who taught school for 41 years in South Carolina and North Carolina schools, says he plans to buy a “used” 2017 Camry, pay off some bills and save the rest of his prize money. He’s the first person to win one of the five $1 million top prizes in the Hit $5,000 game.

His good luck happened Wednesday when he stopped by Jay’s Food Mart on N.C. 211 East and played the lottery. He said he first saw the “moneybag” symbol and then saw his prize was $1 million. To make sure, he used the store’s ticket checker and the message read: “Claim at lottery.”

“It was all right,” Veasey said of the win.

Veasey traveled to lottery headquarters with friends on Thursday to claim his prize. He had the choice of taking his prize as an annuity of $50,000 a year for 20 years or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum and, after state and federal tax withholdings, took home $423,009.

The $10 Hit $5,000 game launched in July. Four $1 million prizes remain to be won.



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8/15/2018 09:53 - christopher j.

congrads spend it wisely would like to see more grand prize winners in the western part of the state

8/14/2018 09:38 - Deborah T.


8/14/2018 07:26 - Ginger M.

Congrats enjoy the blessing I love this ticket also.... as little boy says in Angels in Outfield "It could happen" so maybe one day soon FOR ALANA B: THIS WINNER IS NOT FROM RALEIGH FROM ABERDEEN(100 miles - 1 1/2 hours away) HAD GO RALEIGH LOTTERY OFFICE TO GET PRIZE.... anything over $600 must be done at office All areas have chances I've seen winners from mountains and all over and I feel certain population affects it but still same odds Good luck everyone ; )

8/14/2018 12:11 - annie s.

Congratulations, I love to play this ticket, still trying to win a big prize. got to be in it to win it! god bless

8/13/2018 01:52 - Arthur A.

Good times!

8/12/2018 09:23 - Gary W.

Congrats on your win!

8/12/2018 02:57 - beverly u.

Congratulations! I'm next!

8/11/2018 10:23 - Walter R.

have a good time!!!!!

8/11/2018 08:03 - George H.

Harry,Do'nt Fully Retire The 1997 Camry,You Were Driving It When You Bought Your Ticket Werent You? I May Be Lucky Too!!.Way2Go Man!!!.NC Lottery
Good point, George!

8/11/2018 12:24 - ERIC T.


8/10/2018 11:27 - TyVita T.

Amazing!!! Enjoy your new car!!!

8/10/2018 08:34 - Chris J.

Congratulations. Wow it is indeed your lucky day. Just so happens I have a 2017 Camry xle for sale. We bought it new last year

8/10/2018 05:53 - Gregory F.

Congratulations Mr. VEASAY what a great blessing from GOD. Good things happen to good people. Enjoy the rest of your retirement. Thank you for your contribution in teaching. Waiting on my blessing from GOD to help me in my retirement.

8/10/2018 05:25 - Alana B.

Anyone else sort if waiting for it? You know—the reality that the first winner and majority of remaining grand prize tickets foe this game will be from Raleigh, out, in any direction from 50-100 miles. I know— “more people live in area—more oeiple taking a chance!” But everyone has equal opportunity. Never understood why a system to distribute grand prizes across state has not, cannot, be implemented. I live in the mountains around Asheville. It is rare to hear of a hrand prize winner, here. Maybe once per a calendar year. Lottery is making their money—so, why change anything, right? Makes no sense.

8/10/2018 04:52 - Maurice H.

Bless you!

8/10/2018 03:53 - teressa m.

Glad someone is winning. I will not be entering any more second chance drawings. Have been playing for years and won Nothing Nothing nothing. Have not even seen any winners in the cameron area and hardly any in the moore county area at all. A few far and between to keep the rest of us filling the pots. Im done! Good luck to the rest of you

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