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Man Carries Winning Lottery Ticket For 2 Weeks Before Realizing He Won

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File photo of a person filling out a lottery ticket.  (credit: Jerome Gorin/Getty Images)

File photo of a person filling out a lottery ticket. (credit: Jerome Gorin/Getty Images)

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WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — A western North Carolina man carried around a winning lottery ticket in his wallet for two weeks before realizing he’d hit a jackpot.

The Times-News of Henderson reported that once Wade Haskett of Waynesville learned the ticket in his pocket was worth $118,180 he bought a lockbox to keep it safe.

A part-time detention officer for the Haywood County Sheriff’s Department, Haskett said he regularly plays the lottery but had not checked his ticket from the Nov. 6 Cash 5 drawing until Sunday, when his wife told him the winning ticket had been bought at a nearby store.

“I didn’t really expect to win anything,” Haskett told the paper. “I figured it was going to be like it usually was someone else winning it.”

Haskett and his wife plan to use the winnings to buy a new roof and new hardwood floors for their home, help their children and maybe a trip to Florida.

“I know it is not a big amount, but it is more than I had,” Haskett added to the Times-News. “I am just thankful I won it. It came at a good time.”

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