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'I was stunned': Raleigh retiree wins $230K lottery

Posted July 28, 2015

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— A retired Raleigh man who won nearly $231,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery says he plans to celebrate by splurging on a nice dinner at Angus Barn and will save the rest of the money for his future.

Michael Gyurko won a $230,922 Carolina Cash 5 jackpot, according to lottery officials. After state and federal withholdings, he received a check for $159,914.

Gyurko used numbers based on his daughter’s birthday to match all five numbers drawn in the July 24 drawing. He purchased the lucky $1 ticket at Han-Dee Hugo on Durant Road in Raleigh.

He was at home when he checked the winning numbers on the lottery’s website.

“I was stunned,” Gyurko said in a statement released by the lottery. “I thought I’d maybe won $40 or so, but then I realize I matched five out of five. I’ve played for years, but I never really expected to win. This is a tremendous amount of money and I’m going to make it last.”

He purchased one of two tickets that matched all five numbers in the drawing, splitting the $461,844 jackpot. The second share of the jackpot, which has not yet been claimed, was won on a ticket purchased at the SM Mart Spring on Springs Road Northeast in Hickory.

“It feels great to win,” Gyurko said. “And I’m definitely going to keep playing. Even if I don’t win, I know the money is going to a good cause.”

North Carolina Education Lottery net proceeds were used last year to help pay salaries of teachers and teacher assistants, for pre-kindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, school construction and repair, and need-based college scholarships and financial aid, according to lottery officials.

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  • Sam Walker Aug 6, 2015
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    Marcy - the lottery sales are not diverted. Our tax money, however, is diverted to pet projects like the Commerce dept. If the lottery does not produce enough for schools, then there is an excuse to raise taxes again. It is much easier for legislators to fight for education money than it is to fight for money to fund "fact finding" vacations or to replace the sand around their beach houses.
    My taxes did not go down after the lottery started.

  • Marcy Lyn Jul 28, 2015
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    Great that you won !

    Where does our tax dollars go if the money from the lottery sales pay salaries ? I thought it was to build new schools, new school busses, pay for supplies and repairs for old buildings.

    Humm maybe the lottery sales are diverted elsewhere ?

  • Dean Logan Jul 28, 2015
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    The state shouldn't get any of those winnings.

    Talk about a scam.

    Try playing that game at a casino. If you win, the house takes their cut. If you lose, the house takes it all.

  • Dan May Jul 28, 2015
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    At least it is voluntary. I prefer this way of raising revenue than extracting it under threat of imprisonment....

  • Jessica House Jul 28, 2015
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    This money may be "going to education", but it's a shell game. On the other end they are making cuts in education. It's nothing but a tax on people that usually can least afford it.

  • Johan Summer Jul 28, 2015
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    Congrats Michael! Good for you man!

  • George Herbert Jul 28, 2015
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    Congrats to him. But it sounds as if the Lottery Commission coached him in his statement that he knows the money is going to a good cause.

  • Edward Anderson Jul 28, 2015
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    Congratulations, Mr. Gyurko!!!