Hanks was out for a walk Wednesday when he purchased a $5 Carolina Panthers scratch-off ticket from the Sunoco Mini Mart on Cedar Creek Road in Fayetteville.
He stepped outside to scratch it off and was surprised by his good luck.
“It absolutely took my breath away,” said Hanks. “I know my eyes were bugging out of my head like, ‘Wow, finally!’”
Hanks claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $141,501.
“I’m retired now so this is really gonna help me out a lot,” said Hanks. “I need to buy a new vehicle. I can’t get parts for my old truck, so I’m gonna upgrade.”