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12 days later, Sampson County man realizes he's a lottery winner

Posted November 10, 2014

William and Lisa McCrea collect their lottery winnings.

— It took 12 days for William McCrea to become a millionaire.

That’s how long the Sampson County man left his winning lottery ticket on his dresser, then in his truck, before realizing he won.

McCrea purchased two tickets for a one-time drawing on Oct. 24 that kicked off a new North Carolina Education Lottery game called Monopoly Millionaire’s Club, lottery officials said Monday. After the drawing, his wife, Lisa McCrea, checked the tickets, saw that one was not a winner, and left them on the dresser for him to check later.

Some days later, McCrea heard from a coworker at Guilford Mills in Kenansville, where he has been employed as a textile worker for 20 years, that someone in the area had purchased the winning ticket.

McCrea found the tickets, put them in his truck and let a few more days go by before he used a gas station lottery ticket checker and discovered he had won.

McCrea said he and his wife were discussing whether he should work overtime to earn money for holiday gifts. “And I had $1 million sitting right there and didn’t even know it,” he said.

He received a check for $692,001 after taxes.

McCrea said he had no specific plans for the money, other than paying off bills.

“I’m no different than anyone else,” he said. “I have bills. I’ll pay my bills and live comfortably.”

He bought the tickets at a Wilco on N.C. Highway 41 in Wallace.


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  • Elgorto Nov 10, 2014

    Congratulations! Hope blessings continue your way.

  • 678devilish Nov 10, 2014

    Congradulations! I hope they spend the money wisely.

  • gopack10 Nov 10, 2014

    Good for you!! Glad to see things like this happen to people!

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  • Lorna Schuler Nov 10, 2014
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    Spot on with that advice.

  • Derek Fisher Nov 10, 2014
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    Congratulations!!! Be careful of new friends and long lost family members.