Gastonia man almost throws away $200,000 winning lottery ticket

- Frank Clark of Gastonia said that he almost threw away a lottery ticket worth $200,000. He bought the $5 Mega Millions-Powerball scratch-off ticket at Jakob’s Food Mart on Gaston Avenue in Gastonia.

“I didn’t think I won anything at first,” Clark told NC lottery officials. “I was going to throw it away, but then my wife checked it for me. I always let her check them. She has better eyesight than I do.”

He claimed the prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $141,003. He plans to use the money to get his own tractor-trailer truck.

“I was a truck driver for 38 years before I retired,” Clark said. “This will let me still do some driving.”

The Mega Millions/Powerball scratch-off game launched Tuesday with four top prizes of $200,000. Clark is the first player to win a top prize. Three top prizes remain.

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