Moore County man is double lottery winner
Posted December 11, 2009 5:05 p.m. EST
Updated December 12, 2009 12:55 p.m. EST
Sanford, N.C. — Many people dream about winning big in the lottery. A farmer in Moore County saw that dream come true, twice!
Billy Doby enjoyed his double stroke of luck but said he plans to keep his feet on the ground.
“I'm just a pure old redneck country boy," Doby said.
Doby raises chickens with his son in six houses outside Cameron. He wears a John Deere cap and a two-day growth of beard and drives a Chevrolet pickup truck.
“It's hard work, but I enjoy it,” he said.
At 62, Doby has experienced both highs and lows.
In 2001, a lightning strike burned down two of his chicken houses. "Might as well say I had to start all over again,” he recalled. The recent recession is another hurdle. "Everybody's struggling in the chicken business,” Doby said.
Last year, Doby won his first jackpot. “I won $10,000 on a $1 ticket," he said.
Then last week, he decided to try his luck with the "$200 Million Extravaganza.”
He bought the $20 ticket at Carlyle's Grocery & Auto Services, 2526 White Hill Road, and sat down on a bench to scratch it off.
"I looked at it, looked at it and looked at it, and still didn't believe it,” he said.
"He was like in a daze," clerk Johnny Carlyle remembered.
"I still, I still didn't believe it,” Doby said. “He (Carlyle) said, ‘Let's go check it on the machine.’ so he checked it and said, ‘Yeah, it's a winner.’"
Carlyle found out the ticket was worth $3 million.
"Ha! I was just in shock, man," Doby said.
Doby will get $150,000 a year for the next 20 years. He's already cashed the first check – for $102, 006 after taxes.
But he won’t use the winnings to get out of the chicken business.
"Nope,” he said. “It'll just take some stress off me, hopefully.
“As long as I’m able to work, I’m gonna continue working,” Doby said.