GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — It may not be a billion-dollar jackpot, but someone in Gaston County likely won’t have to worry about money ever again after picking the right numbers to win $1,000 a day for the rest of their life.
According to the North Carolina Lottery, Jimmie Shindler, of Gastonia, bought a ticket through Online Play for Wednesday’s Lucky for Life drawing and ended up snagging the top prize.
Shindler claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and had the choice of receiving $365,000 a year each year for the rest of his life or a $5.75 million lump sum.
He chose the lump sum.
After federal and state tax withholdings, Shindler took home $4.08 million.
The winner joins a lucky list of at least five other people who have earned big jackpots from lotteries this year in the Charlotte area.
- In January, an Army veteran in Cornelius played numbers he got in a fortune cookie and ended up winning $4 million.
- Polly Burns of Anson County was made a millionaire with a ticket she bought in Cabarrus County.
- On July 6, a winner in Mint HIll got a $1 million prize from a scratch-off ticket.
- On July 26, another person in Mint Hill got a ticket worth $3 million.
- Another person in Gaston County pocketed $1 million from a winning Mega Millions ticket in July.
The winning numbers in Wednesday’s drawing were 1,17,25,27, and 42, with the lucky ball of 10. The NC Lottery says the odds of matching all the numbers are 1 in 30.8 million, but Lucky for Life drawings happen every day.
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