A North Carolina man used the ages of his family members as lottery numbers and won more than $400,000

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  • A North Carolina man used the ages of his family members as lottery numbers and hit the jackpot.

  • Joseph Eonta won and claimed his $402, 887 prize this week, state lottery officials said.

  • "It floored me," Enonta said.

A North Carolina man who used his family members' ages for his lottery numbers hit the jackpot, WTVD reported. 

According to a North Carolina Education Lottery press release, Joseph Eonta purchased a $1 Cash 5 ticket from a food mart in Princeton —a town about 40 miles from Raleigh.

Officials said he picked his numbers based on the ages of his daughters and granddaughters. Eonta said he was "thrilled" after winning the $402,887 fortune.

"I had to look about 20 times," he said, per the release. "It floored me."

"Eonta arrived at lottery headquarters Thursday to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $286,091," the press release said.

 

The 69-year-old said he will cover his bills and may buy a new car, according to officials.

Earlier this year, a North Carolina retired Army veteran won $4 million after using numbers from a fortune cookie, a win that left him "dumbfounded."

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