Former Ft. Bragg soldier who received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star wins $200K in lottery

Former Ft. Bragg soldier who received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star wins $200K in lottery
Source: WRAL/NC Mega Millions

ELIZABETH CITY, NC (WMBF/WRAL) – A veteran formerly stationed at Fort Bragg and recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star recently won $200,000 in the lottery.

According to NBC affiliate WRAL in Raleigh, Elizabeth City resident Howard Smack bought three $5 Mega Millions/Powerball scratch-off tickets, one of them being the last of the game’s top prizes.

“I just had that feeling and I went for it,” Smack said in a press release. “I couldn’t believe it when I won. I may have screamed, just a little bit, I was so excited.”

After taxes, he took home $141,000.

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