Preschool teacher laid off after 20 years wins $250k lottery in Charlotte

Preschool teacher laid off after 20 years wins $250k lottery in Charlotte
Preschool teacher laid off after 20 years wins $250k lottery in Charlotte (Source: N.C. Education Lottery)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A laid-off Charlotte preschool teacher hit a stroke of good luck.

Joe Camp, who had been a preschool teacher for 20 years, was laid off on Sept. 6, and then recently found a job at a car dealership.

He recently won a $250,000 lottery prize from a scratch-off ticket he purchased at a gas station on Belhaven Boulevard in Charlotte.

It’s been a rough couple of months for Camp, who said he plans to use his winnings to save for his daughter’s future.

“I just recently got employed at a car dealership auto sales center,” said Camp. “I was a teacher for 20 years, a preschool teacher, and I got laid off on September 6. A month after that, my dad passed away. And it put me in a dark place. But I have a lot of friends and family that just told me to keep sticking in there, keep believing in myself.”

Camp purchased two Gold Rush scratch-off tickets.

After he scratched off the second ticket, Camp says he fell to his knees at the gas pump.

After taxes, Camp claimed $176,876.

He also said he plans to get a home with the winnings.

“I want to get a home because I want to set it up for my family, my grandkids,” Camp said. “I want to have something for us. I never had anything, no one passed anything down, and that’s what I want to do.”

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