Preschool Teacher Who Was Laid Off After 20 Years Wins $250,000 Lottery Prize

After a difficult few months, a preschool teacher hit a stroke of good luck when he decided to buy two lottery tickets, instead of one.

Joe Camp was laid off in September after 20 years teaching preschool in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“A month after that, my dad passed away,” said Camp. “And it put me in a dark place.”

But he had a lot of friends and family who told him to “keep sticking in there, keep believing in myself.”

After finding a job at a car dealership sales center, Camp struck ‘gold’.

In December, he was buying his weekly Gold Rush lottery scratch-off ticket—and this time he bought two.

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He didn’t win on the first one, so scratched off the second one, and found he’d won $250,000.

“I fell to my knees at the gas pump.”

His plans include a new home for his daughter and himself, and saving for her education.

“I want to get a home because I want to set it up for my family, my grandkids,” he said. “I want to have something for us.

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“I never had anything, no one passed anything down, and that’s what I want to do.”

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