A Garner truck driver won $224,632 in the education lottery, netting him a lump sum of $152,750 after taxes.
Major McLean bought and checked the winning Carolina Cash 5 ticket at Grocery Boy Jr. on West Garner Road.
“I had to clean my glasses,” McLean said in an education lottery press release. “Then I had to take them off to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.”
Odds of winning the jackpot on the game are 1 in 575,757.
“I like to play Cash 5 because I know I have better odds of winning,” McLean said.
McLean said through the press release that he plans to use the money to save for the future. When reached for further comment, he declined additional media interviews.
The education lottery has generated more than $2.9 billion to support education programs since its launch in 2006. Of ticket revenues, 35 percent go to schools, 50 percent go to winners, and the rest covers operational and marketing costs. Some criticize it as an inefficient and regressive tax that promotes gambling.