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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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