Benson Man Lands North Carolina Fast Play Lottery Jackpot
A $10 lottery ticket purchase paid off nicely for a Benson man, as he ended up winning big in the North Carolina Education Lottery.
David Shafer won a $236,439 Fast Play jackpot, after purchasing the $10 50X The Cash ticket at the Country Mart on N.C. 242 North in Benson. He claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh this week.
“I always joked with people at stores that I want the ticket that will take me to Raleigh,” Shafer laughed in a release from NCEL. “I’m still kind of in shock though.”
The jackpot win was a surprise for Shafer, as he thought someone else had won it when he saw the number change.
“I saw the jackpot went down from over $200,000 to $20,000 so I figured somebody else just won,” Shafer recalled. “It took a minute to set in.”
According to NCEL, Shafer got 100 percent of the jackpot because of his $10 ticket purchase. And after federal and state tax withholdings, Shafer walked home with $186,466.
“I never pictured winning something like this,” Shafer said. “I thought about it though.”
“Fast Play features an instantly growing jackpot that increases with every ticket sold until it is won. As of Thursday morning, the Fast Play jackpot stands at $33,000 and counting.
For details on how $14.3 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Benson and Johnston County in 2022, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.