Retired Wilson County Couple Win $150,000 In State Lottery

A Wilson man surprised his wife on Saturday with a $150,000 instant lottery win.

Joe Thomas bought the ticket at Sam's Convenient & Grill in Sims.

His wife had been recovering from a cold. But Toni Thomas had a big turnaround when her husband told her the news. "It got me right out of my sick bed," she said.

The retired couple will get $103,801 after taxes. They plan to pay off a new car they just bought as well as a trip to Cancun that's already been planned.

They collected their winnings today at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.