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Cleveland County housekeeper plans to take a cruise after $600K big spin, lottery officials say

RALEIGH — A 75-year-old housekeeper from Cleveland County got a chance to spin a prize wheel Tuesday at the Bigger $pin Live Event, officials with the North Carolina Education Lottery stated.

“It’s a game changer for me,” said Johnnie Bostic, of Polkville, who watched the wheel land on a $600,000 prize. “I didn’t even care what I hit. I was just happy to win anything.”

“As Bostic stepped up to the big wheel to spin, colored lights flashed all around him and the crowd watching cheered him on in anticipation,” lottery officials described the event. “When the wheel finally stopped at $600,000, he beamed as he received his big check.”

After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $426,060.

“I’m just happy to know my funds will be secured from now on,” he said.

Bostic said he plans to renovate his home and take a cruise to the Bahamas.

“I never thought the time would come where I could actually go,” Bostic said. “I feel like I deserve it after 75 years.”

Bostic worked as a manager at PPG Industries for 41 years before retiring in 2007. He went back to work as a housekeeper at Gardner-Webb University because he has “a passion for work.”

The North Carolina Education Lottery contributed to this report.

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