Trucker scratches his way to over $100,000


A North Carolina truck driver won a total of more than $100,000 on three scratch-off lottery tickets recently.

Orlando Jones of Nashville, North Carolina said he drove around with a scratch-off ticket worth $100,000 for four days without even realizing it.

The North Carolina Education Lottery said Jones bought three tickets at the Speedway in Rocky Mount last week. He put the three $4,000,000 Diamond Dazzler tickets in his truck and forgot about them.

“I didn’t scratch them until Monday night,” Jones said. “I never scratch my tickets when I get them. I just like the anticipation. I’m the same way with presents, I don’t open them until after Christmas.”

He won $20 on the first ticket and $25 on the second one. He got a major surprise with the third ticket: he won $100,000.

After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $70,507. He said plans to use some of the money to pay off his truck.

The lottery agency did not say what kind of trucking Jones does.