‘Instinct’ told North Carolina lottery player to go buy scratch-off — and it paid off

Larry Dunn was on his way home from breakfast when intuition told him to make a pit stop for a lottery ticket, he told North Carolina officials.

He stopped at a convenience store Sept. 29 to buy a ticket and took it back to his car to scratch it off, North Carolina Education Lottery officials said in an Oct. 3 news release.

That’s when he learned he had won $100,000.

“I guess it was just instinct that told me to stop,” Dunn told officials.

The Kings Mountain man won one of 16 prizes worth $100,000 on a $30 Black Titanium ticket, North Carolina officials said. The game debuted at the end of June and also came with six $4 million top prizes. Four top prizes and 11 second-tier prizes remain, in addition to other smaller wins.

“It shocked me, it really did,” Dunn told lottery officials. “Then I went home and told my wife that I won. She was very excited.”

Dunn went to lottery headquarters Oct. 2 to collect his winnings, which he plans to use to take care of his family, he said.

Kings Mountain is about 30 miles west of Charlotte.

Many people can gamble or play games of chance without harm. However, for some, gambling is an addiction that can ruin lives and families.

If you or a loved one shows signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the national gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

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