Tyrrell County fisherman reels in $750,000 prize

Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 8:13 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - After a good day of crabbing, Jordan Sexton of Columbia stopped to buy a single Jumbo Bucks ticket, and reeled in the $750,000 top prize.

“I had a good day at work and was feeling good that day,” recalled Sexton. “I went back to my truck and scratched it and had to sit there and look at it for about 10 minutes to realize that I wasn’t seeing things.”

Sexton, a commercial fisherman, said he walked back into the Duck Thru Food Store on U.S. Highway 64 East to make sure he wasn’t reading his ticket wrong. “I took it inside and the lady at the counter looked at it and scanned it and then they all were hootin’ and hollerin',” he said. “And it started setting in a little bit then.”

Sexton claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Monday.

After federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $530,628.

Sexton said, “I’m gonna pay off my mortgage and pay off my boat and probably buy a bigger crab boat and keep on pluckin'.”

He says he’s also treating his mom and girlfriend to a takeout dinner tonight, “we’re having hibachi!”

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