Gastonia man wins $4 million in lottery

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Jimmie Shindler played the $2 Lucky for Life lottery game.

GASTONIA, NC – A Gastonia man takes home more than four million dollars after winning a North Carolina Education Lottery Game.

Jimmie Shindler played the Lucky for Life game online on Wednesday. He won after matching all five white balls with the yellow Lucky Ball, lotto officials said.

His game cost him $2. As a result of his victory, he was offered $365,000 a year every year for the rest of his life or a lump sum of $5,750,000. He chose the lump sum and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, won $4.08 million.

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The odds of winning the $1,000 a day for life prize are 1 in 30.8 million, according to lottery officials.

Lucky for Life is one of four North Carolina lottery games where players have the option of purchasing their tickets at a retail outlet or playing online, either through the lottery website or with the official NC Lottery mobile app. Lucky for Life draws take place every evening.

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North Carolina Education Lottery says lottery sales have helped them raise $2.5 million a day for education. A total of $14.7 million was raised by the lottery in Gaston County in 2021, officials say.

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