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Elizabeth City man celebrating after $100K lottery win

Elizabeth City man celebrating after $100K lottery win
Posted at 5:10 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 17:10:42-04

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – A local man is celebrating after his pockets are a little fuller.

Last Friday, Robert Covington of Elizabeth City won $100,000 by playing the $300,000,000 Supreme Riches Game in the North Carolina Lottery.

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“I saw I had won, and I couldn’t believe it,” Covington told the NC Lottery. “Now I can finally buy a home.”

He purchased the lucky $30 ticket at the Eagle Mart on South Hughes Boulevard in Elizabeth City.

When he scratched to reveal the $100,000 win, he knew he had a long Memorial Day weekend ahead of him.

“I wish I could have gotten here Friday,” he said. “I’ve been excited about this all weekend!”

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Covington claimed his winnings Tuesday at the lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal withholdings, he took home $70,759.

He told the lottery he has specific plans on what sort of home he would like to buy.

“I’ve done some carpentry work before,” Covington said. “I’m going to look for a house that I can fix up. My boys also do some carpentry, so we can do it together.”

Ticket sales from instant games like the $300,000,000 Supreme Riches make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $650 million a year for education.