Christopher Mills, a resident of Winterville, North Carolina, has recently become a lucky lottery winner for the second time in just over two years. The North Carolina Education Lottery announced that Mills won a $200,000 grand prize in a "second-chance" drawing. This follows his previous win of $100,000 on a scratch-off ticket in December 2021.
Mills expressed his disbelief at winning twice, stating, "I can't believe lightning struck twice." He had entered the "Multiply the Cash" drawing by scanning his tickets into his lottery account, automatically entering him into the drawing. The drawing took place on February 7, and Mills was informed of his win through an email notification.
After taxes, Mills took home $143,000 from his latest jackpot. He plans to use his winnings to help his twin sons pay off their student loan debt. The twins recently graduated with master of business administration degrees from Campbell University.
The North Carolina Education Lottery, established in 2005, has raised over $10 billion for education in the state through ticket and game sales. In 2023 alone, the lottery raised more than $1 billion for North Carolina's schools, marking the first time the state's lottery reached the billion-dollar mark in a single fiscal year.
Lotteries continue to be a popular form of entertainment and a chance for individuals to potentially change their lives. Mills' recent double wins have certainly brought him good fortune, and he is grateful for the opportunities they provide for his family's financial stability.