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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — A Southport man says he has several plans for his $100,000 lottery win.

Clayton B. Cameron, Jr., a retired animal control officer, had a taste for home cooking and lottery tickets last night, and his indulgence quickly paid off with a $100,000 win in the Monopoly scratch-off game.

“I was sitting on the porch yesterday,” Cameron said in a news release. “I decided to get something to eat, and I decided to get two scratch-offs and scratch them off while chowing down.”

Cameron bought the $5 tickets at the Doodles convenience store on Country Club Drive in Oak Island and then placed an order for roast beef and potatoes at a local restaurant. He sat in his van and scratched off the winning ticket while waiting for his meal.

“I was shocked,” he said. “I looked at it a thousand times and thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I was scared to leave it in the van. I was scared to take it in the restaurant.”

In the end, Cameron decided to eat in the diner before driving three hours to Sanford to share the news with his daughter, Christine. The two collected his check, worth $68,001 after taxes were withheld, this morning.

Cameron plans to use the prize money to pay off his van and to take a trip to the mountains. He said he’ll give some money to his three daughters and “bank the rest.”

“Boy, this is a dream come true!” he said.

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  • Kathryn Moberg

    So happy for you, Blue! Love, Kate

  • Jessica H.

    I enjoy reading about good things like this. Our local news is full of heart breaking articles that just brings the soul down. It’s a breath of fresh air to hear of something wonderful happening to hard working people. Congratulations Mr. Cameron!

  • renoGuest

    Made me laugh when i read this sounds like something i would do.
    Happy for you and hope you enjoy your winnings!

  • Wilmington Observer

    I’m glad that Mr. Cameron won. I, also, think that it is sickening that after paying taxes, he was left with, only, $68 thousand. We pay so much (taxes) so that we can support so many while the, original, purpose(s) of taxation get pushed further and further to the back of the stack of bills.

    Spend your money, wisely, Mr. Cameron because each purchase that you make will be taxed again.

    Wilmington Observer


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