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Forsyth County Uber driver’s $10 tip scores him $200,000 top prize

RALEIGH — After a long day of driving, Keith Wishon, of Lewisville, used a $10 tip to try his luck on a $200,000 Triple Play ticket and scored the top prize.

After getting off of work as an Uber Eats driver, Wishon stopped to fill up his car at 4 Brothers on Shallowford Road in Lewisville “to get ready for the next day.”

He used his $10 tip towards a few scratch-off tickets and then headed to the home he shares with his 93-year-old mother. “I live with her and take care of her,” he said.

When he scratched off his winning ticket, he couldn’t believe his good fortune. “I had to sit down, my legs got so weak,” he recalled.

He carried the lucky ticket to the next room, where his brother was sitting, and then showed his mom.

“We were kind of all in shock,” said Wishon. “We had nothing to say. We couldn’t believe it. We kept looking at the ticket, checking it and checking it and checking it.”

Wishon claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After federal and state tax withholdings he took home $141,501.

“It’s hard to explain,” said Wishon through “happy tears.” “I’m overwhelmed.”

Wishon plans to use his winnings to fix up their home. “My roof leaks, my water heater is leaking, plumbing, everything in the house is in real bad shape,” said Wishon. His prize money, he said, will also go toward his retirement.

Ticket sales from scratch-off games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $725 million a year for education. For details on how $21.2 million raised by the lottery made a difference in Forsyth County in 2019, visit www.nclottery.com and click on the “Impact” section.