Raleigh, NC (STL.News) Donald Bauer of Rocky Mount played his crossword-themed lottery ticket over dinner and found 10 words that spelled out a $150,000 prize.
“I was at McDonalds, eating a burger before I went to work,” he said. “I almost choked on it. I couldn’t believe it. It was cool.”
Bauer purchased his winning $5 Extreme Cashword ticket from Jeffries Road Food Mart on Jeffries Road in Rocky Mount.
“I love the crosswords,” he said. “I’ve been playing them for a long time.”
Bauer claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $106,126.
“I was thinking about getting a new truck — a Chevrolet,” said Bauer. “And I’m going to try to invest.”
Bauer won the last $150,000 top prize so the lottery will begin steps to end the game.