Couple claims largest lotto jackpot in Bladen Co. history


BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An Elizabethtown man has won the largest lottery prize in Bladen County history. Wesley Skinner, who works as a warehouse manager in Dublin, and his wife Jeanette claimed claimed the $300,632 jackpot in Raleigh today.

“I hardly ever get Cash 5 tickets,” Skinner said. “But my wife told me the jackpot was close to $300,000.”

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After taxes the Skinners get $204,430.

Skinner purchased three Quick Pick tickets Monday night, just hours before the nightly drawing. One of those tickets was the only one to match all five numbers in the drawing, winning the jackpot.

At work yesterday, Wesley had the jackpot-winning ticket in his pocket, but didn’t realize until Jeanette called him. She had heard on a radio station that a winning lottery ticket had been sold at Champs Food Mart, where she knows her husband sometimes buys tickets. The store is located on NC 41 West in Bladenboro.

Skinner pulled up the lottery’s website on his smart phone, saw the story about the winning ticket and then checked his numbers.

“I had to leave work crying,” Jeanette said. “We still have to work, but it’s going to make things a lot easier.”

Jeanette said the couple may use the prize to go on a cruise.

“We’re gonna play Powerball tonight,” Wesley said. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is an estimated $124 million.

Prior to Skinner’s win, the largest in Bladen County history belonged to a Bladenboro woman who scratched off $100,000 on a Carolina Black instant ticket.