Wilson County man Kenneth Thigpen scores $100,000 in NC Lottery

Raleigh, NC (STL.News) Kenneth Thigpen of Wilson scored the top prize of $100,000 in one of four 2020 Multiply the Cash second-chance drawings.

Thigpen, who recently retired, was picking up dinner at a Zaxby’s drive-thru when he decided to check his email.

“I was sitting in line and I got an email from the North Carolina Education Lottery,” recalled Thigpen.  “When I got my food, I pulled over into the parking lot and read it again.  I thought someone was playing a game.  I couldn’t believe it.”

After picking up dinner, he went home to share his good fortune with his wife.  “I just couldn’t believe it, I was so excited,” said Thigpen.  “I was so excited, I couldn’t eat.”

Thigpen claimed his prize on Tuesday and after federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $70,750.

“I plan on taking vacation as soon as everything’s settled down,” said Thigpen.  “I’m gonna donate to my church and just share it with my kids.”

Thigpen’s entry beat odds of 1 in 14 million to win the top prize in the first of four 2020 Multiply the Cash second-chance drawings on May 20th.  Eric Alexander of Scotland Neck won the top prize in the second drawing on June 3rd.